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Encyclopedia of Leadership

Encyclopedia of Leadership

Four Volume Set
Edited by:
  • George R. Goethals - Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, Amherst College, USA, Williams College, USA, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, USA, University of California Santa Barbara, USA, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, University of Virginia, USA, Princeton University, USA
  • Georgia J. Sorenson - The University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
  • James MacGregor Burns - Williams College, USA

Other Titles in:
History | Leadership | Psychology

July 2012 | 2 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
`The enormous demands on leadership in today's world-the rise of militant followings; the struggle of long-suppressed people to rise to leadership positions; the heightened demand for moral, principled leadership - all these dynamic forces contribute to making this encyclopedia timely - and timeless' - James MacGregor Burns, Williams College, author of Leadership and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

`This authoritative reference source, edited by Pulitzer prize-winning presidential biographer Burns and written by some 400 scholars from 17 countries, comprehensively covers a burgeoning new field of academic study-leadership. Its scope is amazingly broad, reflecting the interdisciplinary applications of the subject. The 373 alphabetically arranged entries are accompanied by 150 photos and other illustrations, with 300 sidebars drawn from a variety of sources. Approximately one third of the entries provide biographical information about men and women who have made significant contributions to the field. Other categories include case studies, leadership studies, followership, women and gender, personal characteristics of model leaders, leadership styles, and leadership theories. The appendixes following the main body of the work include a six-page select bibliography of books related to leadership, a directory of 250 leadership programs with accompanying mission statements, key foreign policy and war speeches of U.S. presidents, and excerpts from sacred texts illuminating "the role of leaders and leadership concepts." Bottom Line: Because of its breadth, ease of navigation, high level of scholarship, clear writing and practical format, this model encyclopedia should help establish leadership as a normative field of study. Highly recommended' - The Library Journal

From the earliest times people have been entranced by stories about leaders - about Greek city state rulers, Roman consuls, Chinese emperors, religious potentates, military conquerors, and politicians. Perhaps more importantly, leadership is a challenge and an opportunity facing millions of people in their professional and personal lives.

The Encyclopedia of Leadership brings together for the first time everything that is known and truly matters about leadership as part of the human experience.

Developed by the award-winning editorial team at Berkshire Publishing Group, the Encyclopedia includes hundreds of articles, written by 400 leading scholars and experts from 17 countries, exploring leadership theories and leadership practice. Over a third of the work - some 500,000 words - is devoted to biographical essays and to case studies focused on leaders (and their followers). Articles and sidebars show leadership in action-in corporations and state houses, schools, churches, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Questions the Encyclopedia of Leadership answer:

- What is a leader?

- What is a great leader?

- How does someone become a leader?

- What are the types of leadership?

- How can leadership theories help us understand contemporary situations?

- How can I be a good (and maybe great) leader?

The Encyclopedia of Leadership is an unprecedented learning resource. Scholars, students, professionals, and active citizens will turn to the Encyclopedia for guidance on the theory and practice of leadership, for the stories of great leaders, and for the tools and knowledge they need to lead in the 21st century.

Key Features:

- Four volumes

- 400 substantive articles, ranging in length from 1000-6000 words

- 200 photographs and other illustrations

- 250 sidebars drawn from public records, newspaper accounts, memoirs, and ethnography

Article categories:

- Biographies

- Case studies

- Followers and followership

- Gender issues

- Leadership in different disciplines

- Leadership in different domains

- Leadership styles

- Personality characteristics

- Situational factors

- Theories and concepts

The Encyclopedia of Leadership is an vital tool for librarians with collections in business, management, history, politics, communication, psychology, and a host of other disciplines. Students and teachers in courses ranging from history to psychology, anthropology, and law will also find this an invaluable reference.

Editorial Board

Laurien Alexandre, Antioch University

Bruce Avolio, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Martin Chemers, University of California, Santa Cruz

Kisuk Cho, Ewha Womans University

Joanne Ciulla, University of Richmond

David Collinson, Lancaster University

Yiannis Gabriel, Imperial College, London

Zachary Green, Alexander Institute and University of Maryland

Keith Grint, Oxford University

Michael Hogg, University of Queensland

Jerry Hunt, Texas Tech University

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University

Jean Lipman-Blumen, Claremont Graduate University

Larraine Matusak, LarCon Associates

Ronald Riggio, Claremont McKenna College

J rgen Weibler, Fernuniversitat Hagen

Contributors Include

Warren Bennis (Management)

John Chandler (Higher Education)

Cynthia Cherrey (International Leadership Association)

Bob Edgerton (Mau Mau Rebellion)

Gene Gallagher (Religion)

Betty Glad (Camp David Accords and Tyrannical Leadership)

Louis Gould (Woodrow Wilson and Lyndon Johnson)

Allen Guttmann (Modern Olympics Movement and Women's Movement)

Ronald Heifetz (Adaptive Work)

Dale Irvin (Ann Lee)

David Malone (Billy Graham)

Martin Marty (Martin Luther)

Kenneth Ruscio (Trust)

Robert Solomon (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Robert Sternberg (Intelligence and Tacit Knowledge)

Fay Vincent (Sports Industry)

Gary Yukl (Influence Tactics and Group Performance)

“The enormous demands on leadership in today’s world-the rise of militant followings; the struggle of long-suppressed people to rise to leadership positions; the heightened demand for moral, principled leadership--all these dynamic forces contribute to making this encyclopedia timely--and timeless.”

James MacGregor Burns
Williams College, author of Leadership and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

"As the field of leadership studies expands, and the list of important authors and concepts grows, the time is at hand for a comprehensive Encyclopedia of Leadership. This collection will be welcomed by all who want to understand this important and complex field."

Howard Gardner
John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet (2001) and Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership (1995)

"In 1975 a wag declared that the concept of leadership should be abandoned. It was not, of course. The 300 contributors to the Encyclopedia of Leadership are leaders among the many thousands of scholars responsible for the health and vast breadth of leadership studies. They show us that leadership plays an important, increasingly integral role today in fields ranging from world politics to community development."

Bernard M. Bass
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Center for Leadership Studies, School of Management, Binghamton University and author of Transformational Leadership: Industrial, Military and Educational Impact (1998) and Leadership and Performance beyond Expectations (

"This new Encyclopedia provides leaders with the historical perspective and a vision of the tenuous future so essential if leaders of the future are to redefine leadership on their own terms, with their own people."

Frances Hesselbein
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Drucker Foundation) and coeditor of On Creativity, Innovation, and Renewal: A Leader to Leader Guide (2002) and Leading Beyond the Walls (1999)

SAGE has, again, been the first to hit the market with a major reference in a rapidly growing field of the social sciences. Virtually every academic and large public library will need the Encyclopedia of Leadership.


Because of its breadth, ease of navigation, high level of scholarship, clear writing, and practical format, this model encyclopedia should help establish leadership as a normative field of study. Highly recommended.

LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

Because there really is nothing available like this encyclopedia, it is a must buy for academic libraries. Extremely well done, with good quality print and illustrations, this work should become an important resource for active citizens as well as for managers and scholars.

BOOKLIST (star review)

"Not just for reference, this is an essential learning resource for libraries and the personal collections of modern leaders. Narratives, examples, photographs, and illustrations illuminate the ideas and concepts being examined, making the set readable, attention-grabbing, and unordinary. Readers can explore leadership theories and practices, and examine the effects of leadership. More volumes are promised in this source that brings interest and excitement to a subject overlooked by the consultants, CEOs, and coaches whose earlier works captured a small view of leadership subject matter. Summing Up: Highly recommended for all collections."


This groundbreaking encyclopedia attempts to explain fundamental questions of leadership studies. . . . From competition and charisma to mentoring and trust, this interdisciplinary guide supplies students, scholars and practitioners with an excellent introduction to current thinking on leadership. This innovative tool is highly recommended for academic libraries.

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University
Lawrence Looks at Books

George R. Goethals

George R. (Al) Goethals, Ph.D., is E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies at the University Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies. Trained as a social psychologist, Goethals has been a key figure in the development of leadership studies. In addition to publishing SAGE’s Encyclopedia of Leadership with Georgia Sorenson and James MacGregor Burns in the early 2000s, he has written, co-written, or co-edited a number of books and scholarly articles on the topic, including: The Romance of Heroes and Heroic Leadership (Emerald, 2019); Realignment, Region, and Race: Presidential Leadership and Social Identity ... More About Author

Georgia J. Sorenson

Dr. Georgia Sorenson envisioned and launched the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland—the first academic program devoted to public leadership—more than twenty years ago. Currently she is Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies at the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland..She has served as a board member of the Leadership Learning Community, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, the Academy for Educational Development’s New Voices, the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, Learning to Lead, and many other leadership organizations in the United States and abroad.... More About Author

James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer and a pioneer in the study of leadership. Author of more than two dozen books, Burns has devoted his professional life to the study of leadership in its various forms.... More About Author

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