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The Art of Leadership, 5th edition is based on two ideas.
Leadership will take place to the extent the leader cares about the work to be done. Equally important, the leader must care about people. Neither of these qualities is sufficient without the other, and neither can be false. People know when the leader cares. When the leader is committed to the task and is concerned about people, these qualities serve as magnets and motivators to followers, and their potential for achievement becomes enormous.
Leadership is an art that can be developed through mastery of nine key areas of success. The successful leader must possess knowledge and skills in the following areas: understanding leadership variables, the power of vision, the importance of ethics, the empowerment of people, leadership principles, understanding people, multiplying effectiveness, developing others, and performance management.
The difference between most other leadership texts and The Art of Leadership, 5th edition can be compared to the difference between a lecture and a seminar. Although both are good educational vehicles, the lecture is better for conveying large amounts of information, while the seminar is better for developing skills and attitudes. A good lecture is interesting and builds knowledge, while a good seminar is stimulating and builds competency. Without sacrificing either theoretical foundation or important content, the fifth edition of The Art of Leadership emphasizes the interactive, seminar approach to learning.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Importance of Leadership: Setting the Stage
Part One – Leadership Variables
Chapter 2: The Leadership Equation
Chapter 3: Leadership Qualities, Characteristics of Followers, and Situational Factors
Part Two – The Power of Vision
Chapter 4: The Importance of Vision and the Motive to Lead
Chapter 5: Organizational Climate
Part Three – The Importance of Ethics
Chapter 6: Leadership Ethics
Chapter 7: The Role of Values and Ethics at Work
Part Four – The Empowerment of People
Chapter 8: Leadership Authority
Chapter 9: Empowerment in the Workplace and the Quality Imperative
Part Five – Leadership Principles
Chapter 10: Effective Leadership and Human Relations
Chapter 11: The Team Concept
Part Six – Understanding People
Chapter 12: Human Behavior and the Art of Persuasion
Chapter 13: The Diversity Challenge
Part Seven – Multiplying Effectiveness
Chapter 14: Effective Behavior and How to Assign Work
Chapter 15: The Role of Personality
Part Eight – Developing Others
Chapter 16: The Leader as a Coach
Chapter 17: Helping People through Change and Burnout Prevention
Part Nine – Performance Management
Chapter 18: Managing Performance
Chapter 19: Professional Performance and Sustaining Discipline