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The Art of Leadership, fourth edition, is more than a textbook, it is a "learning" book that actively involves the reader in the learning process. The text combines behavior theory with business practice to teach critical concepts and skills in leadership development. In addition self-evaluation questionnaires and practical exercises are integrated throughout to facilitate personal development and class involvement.
Revised Chapter Organization: Several chapters were combined to streamline the presentation, reducing the number of chapters from 30 to 20.
Updates include new or revised coverage of the following topics:
Part 1: Leadership Failure, Leadership Intelligence, Followership
Part 2: Workplace Culture, Leadership Vision, Organizational Alignment
Part 3: Moral Behavior, Leadership Values, Organizational Ethics
Part 4: Servant Leadership, The Quality Imperative, Civil Work Climate
Part 5: Employee Morale, Virtual Leadership, Leading Teams
Part 6: Employee Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Cross-Cultural Leadership, Women in Leadership, Generational Differences
Part 7: Leadership Personality and Leadership Skills
Part 8: Leading Change, Work-Life Balance, Leadership Coaching, Employee Retention
Part 9: Performance Management, Innovation, Sustaining Discipline.
Student Retention - Anecdotes, inspiring quotes and true-life examples support the text's concepts along with appropriate facts and figures. The warm writing style is personal and conversational, with minimal professional jargon. This style not only makes the book interesting to read, but the material easier to assimilate and recall.
Workbook Format - Students are encouraged to write directly in the book in practicing leadership exercises, jotting notes and fully engaging with the text. The activities can be shared with friends and co-workers as part of their personal development or turned in to instructors for grading.
Realistic Approach - The authors believe that leadership occurs to the extent a leader cares about the work and cares about people. Neither of these can be faked and neither can be gotten out of a book. However, if a leader cares, this book builds upon that foundation in developing leadership expertise. The book's approach thus incorporates all universal principles of effective leadership in order to teach leaders how to create a productive and humanistic workplace.
Questionnaires, Activities and Exercises - Self-evaluation questionnaires and updated practical exercises personalize concepts and principles and help bridge the gap between class-room and work environment, theory and practice.