The Nature of Organizational Leadership Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-03-21
  • Publisher: Pfeiffer & Co

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The quality of an organization's top leaders is a critical influence on its overall effectiveness and continuing adaptability. Yet, little current research examines leadership within the context of organizational structure, such as how leaders influence organizational performance in those key moments when an executive's action is critical to driving the organization forward. This book represents a significant contribution to the literature of leadership, combining a contextual approach to organizational leadership with an in-depth treatment of the cognitive, social, and affective dynamics underlying that leadership. The Nature of Organizational Leadership, using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the work of scholars in both management and psychology, provides a much-need organizational perspective on the problems to confronted by top executive leaders and the requisite behaviors, attributes, and outcomes necessary to lead organizations effectively.

Author Biography

STEPHEN J. ZACCARO is associate professor of psychology and associate director of the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Studies at George Mason University. He is the coauthor (with Anne W. Riley) of Occupational Stress and Organizational Effectiveness.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Neal Schmitt
Preface xiii
The Contributors xvii
Part One: Defining Leadership Imperatives
The Nature of Organizational Leadership: An Introduction
Stephen J. Zaccaro
Richard J. Klimoski
Competitive Advantage: Conceptual Imperatives for Executives
T. Owen Jacobs
Michael L. McGee
Sense Making, Leadership, and Mental Models
Phyllis Johnson
Kevin Daniels
Anne Huff
Behavioral Complexity and Social Intelligence: How Executive Leaders Use Stakeholders to Form a Systems Perspective
Robert Hooijberg
Marguerite Schneider
Social Capital and Organizational Leadership
Daniel J. Brass
The Contest for Corporate Control
Catherine M. Daily
Dan R. Dalton
Leadership, Vision, and Organizational Effectiveness
Stephen J. Zaccaro
Deanna J. Banks
The Chief Executive Officer and Top Management Team Interface
Richard J. Klimoski
K. Lee Kiechel Koles
Executive Characteristics, Compensation Systems, and Firm Performance: Review and Integrative Framework
Yan Zhang
Nandini Rajagopalan
Deepak K. Datta
Part Two: Identifying and Developing Effective Leaders
Identifying, Assessing, and Selecting Senior Leaders
Ann Howard
Leader Training and Development
Cynthia D. McCauley
Assessment of Leadership Outcomes
David V. Day
Part Three: Conclusion
The Nature of Organizational Leadership: Conclusions and Implications
Robert G. Lord
``Into the Box'' Thinking About Leadership Research
John E. Mathieu
Name Index 465(15)
Subject Index 480

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