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The Jossey-bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership



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This comprehensive reader offers a collection of the most important writings on leadership and management in the public and nonprofit sectors. It includes essays and articles and offers a third sector perspective on the leadership questions essential to any manager: principles and practices of leadership, organizational change, corporate culture, communication, efficiency, ethics. The book also includes issues unique to public and nonprofit organizations: understanding leadership roles in nonprofits, board leadership, alternative and collaborative leadership, strategic management, sustainability, and the future of leadership. This volume offers an ideal resource for students and professionals.

Author Biography

The Editor

James L. Perry is Distinguished Professor and Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Political Science at Indiana University--Bloomington, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on nonprofit leadership and public administration, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous periodicals, including the American Review of Public Administration, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Table of Contents




About the Editor.

Part I: Aspirations for Leaders in the Nonprofit and Public Sectors.

1 What Is Leadership (Max DePree).

2 The Tasks of Leadership (John W. Gardner).

3 The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership (James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner).

4 How Leaders Are Grown: The Lessons of Example and Experience (Ray Blunt).

5 Maintaining Board Leadership: Staying on Track and Institutionalizing Excellence (John Carver).

Part II: Leadership Theories for the Nonprofit and Public Sectors.

6 Public-Sector Leadership Theory: An Assessment (Montgomery Van Wart).

7 Human Dignity and Grassroots Leadership Development (Jim Keddy).

8 Practicing Servant Leadership (Larry C. Spears).

9 Share Leadership (Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant).

10 Collaboration Processes: Inside the Black Box (Ann Marie Thomson and James L. Perry).

Part III: Key Leadership Skills.

Conceptual Skills.

11 The Strategy Change Cycle: An Effective Strategic Planning Approach for Nonprofit Organizations (John M. Bryson).

12 Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits (Jeffrey L. Bardach, Thomas J. Tierney, and Nan Stone).

13 Performance Leadership: Eleven Better Practices That Can Ratchet Up Performance (Rbert D. Behn).

14 The Learning Leader as Culture Manager (Edgar H. Schein).

15 Maintaining Trust Through Integrity (Wrren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith).

16 Administrative Responsibility: The Key to Administrative Ethics (Terry L. Cooper).

Human Skills.

17 Empowering People to Lead (Bill George).

18 Enlist Others: Attracting People to Common Purposes (James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner).

19 Diversity Management: An Essential Craft for Leaders (R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.).

20 Negotiating for the Public Good (Lisa Blomgren Bingham).

Technical Skills

21 Seeing Your Way: Why Leaders Must Communicate Their Visions (Talula Cartwright and David Baldwin).

22 Seven Communication Tips an Effective Leader Must Have (William F. Kumuyi).

23 Nonprofits and Evaluation: Managing Expectations from the Leader’s Perspective (Salvatore P. Alaimo).

Part IV: The Next Generation of Leaders and Leadership.

24 Sustaining Impact (Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant).

25 Characteristics of Leadership Effectiveness: Implementing Change and Driving Innovation in Organizations (Ann Gilley, Pamela Dixon, and Jerry W. Gilley).

26 Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector (Sandford Borins).

27 The Changing of the Guard: What Generational Differences Tell Us About Social-Change Organizations (Frances Kunreuther).

28 Into the Fire: Boards and Executive Transitions (Michael Allison).

29 Leadership and Leading: Leadership Challenges (Marcia Marsh).

30 Understanding the Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit (Thomas J. Tierney).

31 The Nexus Effect: When Leaders Span Group Boundaries (Jeffrey Yip, Serena Wong, and Christopher Ernst).

32 The Politics of Doing Good: Philanthropic Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (Leslie Lenkowsky).

33 New Models of Public Leadership (Joseph S. Nye, Jr.).

34 The Ties That Bind (Barbara Kellerman).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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