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The Business of Leadership: An Introduction
Authored by: Karen Dill Bowerman; Montgomery Van Wart
 





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Information: 408pp. Exhibits, references, name index, subject index, online instructor's manual.
Publication Date: February 2011.  

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Description: Specifically tailored to business students, this undergraduate-level textbook features a "how-to" approach and is filled with current, lively examples designed to generate student interest.

The text's career-based organization takes readers from the kinds of leadership they can exhibit in supervisory roles to the visionary leadership they must exhibit in management and executive roles for ongoing organizational change and revitalization. It provides a unique blend of a review of the major theories and the major competencies needed by business leaders at all levels of the organization.

Each chapter includes well-crafted learning tools, including key terms, discussion questions, additional resources, classroom activities, and case analyses. The book's final chapter includes a 360-degree leadership feedback instrument useful for assessment of the reader's own leadership style. An online instructor's manual with a Test Bank, PowerPoint Slides, and Business Profiles is available for adopting instructors.


Selected Contents:

Introduction

1. Approaches for Motivating Followers, Achieving Results, and Inspiring Change
Description and Operational Definition of "Leadership"
What Is "Management?"
Overview of Literature History on Organizational Leadership
Constraints on Leadership
Leadership Passages: Developing Leadership Skills over Time

PART I. TRADITIONAL THEORIES OF LEADERSHIP

2. Understanding Theories of Organizational Leadership
The "Causal-Chain Framework"
Leader Behaviors and Styles
Some Examples of Pure Styles
Intervening and Moderating Variables
Performance Results
Conclusion

3. From Early Managerial to Transactional Theories of Leadership
Collectivist versus Individualist Approaches to Leadership
Three Classical Approaches to Management
Trait Theory
Behavioral Theory: Blake and Mouton
Contingency Theory: Hersey and Blanchard
Interaction and Interactive Process Theories
Conclusion

PART II. MANAGERIAL LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS

4. Traits and Skills Contributing to Leader Effectiveness
Leadership Traits: Personality Characteristics
Leadership Traits: Classic Motivational Drives
Leadership Traits: Value Orientations
Leadership Skills
Conclusion

5. Task-Oriented Leadership Behaviors
Monitoring and Assessing Work
Operations Planning
Clarifying Roles and Objectives
Informing
Delegating
Problem Solving
Managing Technical Innovation and Creativity
Conclusion

6. People-Oriented Behaviors of Leaders
Consulting
Planning and Organizing Personnel
Developing Staff
Motivating
Building and Managing Teams
Managing Conflict
Managing Personnel Change
Conclusion

PART III. EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS

7. Charismatic and Transformational Behaviors
Conger and Kanungo's Charismatic Leadership Theory
Transformational Leadership Theory
Comparing Approaches to Leadership
Conclusion

8. Vision-Oriented Leadership Behaviors
Scanning the Environment
Strategic Planning
Articulating the Mission and Vision
Networking and Partnering
Performing General Management Functions
Decision Making
Making Organizational Change
Conclusion

9. The Goals Approach and Assessment of Results
Sources of Information for Goal Setting
Assessment of the Organization and Its Environment
The Science and Art of Goal Setting
Selecting Major Goals
Conclusion

PART IV. LEADING AND MANAGING HUMAN CAPITAL

10. Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture
Gender as a Factor in Leadership
Ethnicity and Culture as Factors in Leadership
Conclusion

11. Leadership Imperatives for Inspiring Change
Leading Ethically
Leading Wisely
Leading with Global Awareness
Leading with Creativity
Conclusions

12. Leadership Development at Individual and Organizational Levels
Developing Oneself for Leadership
Leadership Evaluation
Developing Others for Leadership
Conclusion
Appendix 12.1. Leadership Assessment Questionnaire

References
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

Comment(s): " The Business of Leadership takes to heart the idea that leadership is not a position but a capability to influence and make a difference wherever you happen to sit in an organization. Students using this terrific book will come away with the generative force that they have the capacity to be a leader now, not just when they reach the apex of their career." -- Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Area Chair and Professor of Management and Organizations, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor



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