Conceptions of Leadership Enduring Ideas and Emerging Insights

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-12-04
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Conceptions of Leadership gathers together the latest work by distinguished leadership scholars in social psychology and related disciplines to explore classic conceptions of leadership, such as interpersonal influence, charisma, personality, and power, as well as recent perspectives on those enduring concerns. It includes contemporary departures from traditional approaches to leadership in considering gender, trust, narratives, and the complex relationships between leaders and followers. Together the chapters provide a wide-ranging and coherent account of how human beings get along and the ways they engage and work together to accomplish their goals.

Author Biography

The editors are all prominent social psychologists. George Goethals and Scott Allison are faculty members at the University of Richmond. They have collaborated on studies of heroes, heroic leadership, and related questions. Rod Kramer is at Stanford University Business School and has published work on a wide variety of topics in leadership studies including power and influence, trust and distrust, and leader decision making. David Messick is Professor Emeritus from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has been a leader in the study of ethical and social decision making and information processing. Messick and Kramer edited the highly successful The Psychology of Leadership volume with Erlbaum in 2005.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Commentary; David M. Messick
2. The Arc of Leadership: An Historical Perspective; Jean Lipman-Blumen
3. Ethical Leadership and Noticing; Max Bazerman
4. The Personal Characteristics of Political Leaders: Quantitative Multiple-Case Assessments; Dean Keith Simonton
5. Social Identities and Leadership: The Case of Gender; Crystal L. Hoyt
6. Emotional Intelligence and Leadership; David Caruso, Kerrie Fleming, and Ethan D. Spector
7. Kings and Charisma, Lincoln and Leadership: An Evolutionary Perspective; George R. Goethals
8. Trust and Trustworthiness: Understanding how and why some leaders get it right; Roderick M. Kramer and Kimberly D. Elsbach
9. Leaders and their Life Stories: Obama, Bush, and Narratives of Redemption; Dan P. McAdams
10. 'Now He Belongs to the Ages': The Heroic Leadership Dynamic and Deep Narratives of Greatness; Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals
11. Conformity, Obedience, and Persuasion; Don Forsyth
12. Leader/Follower Dynamics and the Role of Idiosyncrasy Credit; Edwin P. Hollander
13. Power and Influence at the Top: Effective and Ineffective Forms of Leader Behavior; Roderick M. Kramer

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