Traditional and Critical Approaches
- Doris Schedlitzki - London Metropolitan University, UK
- Gareth Edwards - University of the West of England, UK
Administration & Leadership | Leadership
This innovative new text will guide students of leadership through the past, current and future of the discipline. It goes beyond the standard topics covered in existing texts to introduce some exciting new themes such as authenticity, toxicity, followership, gender, diversity, arts, aesthetics, language, identity, ethics and sustainability. This makes for a fascinating read, and allows for a more holistic and deeper understanding of the field.
A range of in-text features have been developed to enhance your learning experience including boxes highlighting key debates and encouraging critical analysis, 6 long integrative case studies and numerous vignettes to help you apply theory to practice, over 140 reflective questions to test your understanding as well as further reading lists.
- PowerPoint slides
- Instructor's manual
- Chapter summaries
- Video links
- Links to SAGE Journal articles
‘This book has the potential of being a core text for academics, research students (MSc, PhD, DBA) and academic-consultants.’
‘The chapters set out some of the key issues in leadership studies at the current time. They successfully combine a review of the theoretical position in leadership and give a critical assessment of these theories in the current leadership climate.'
‘This book is well constructed and very well researched. It has a clearly thought out logical flow with enough material to inform and challenge both undergraduate and postgraduate students.'
‘A distinctive book written in an eloquent style and manner that captures the readers’ imagination of the past, present and future perception of leadership. It highlights and draws together the main concepts covered in each chapter and provides a very good basis for understanding leadership. This book is readable, credible and avoids jargon. Thus, it helps both UG and PG students to conceptualise leadership at a higher level.’
'Beautifully printed and presented, written with style and flair by two respected lecturers in business studies at the University of the West of England's Bristol-based business school, it reminded me of how many decades have passed since my own studies, and how much I would have welcomed a text book such as this, had one been available at that time....[W]hile I do feel it would interest anyone fascinated by the history of Leadership, a critical appraisal of where it stands today, how it impacts on so many other disciplines that are usually not treated at length in other texts, and where it is heading, it is clearly of real interest and usefulness to university and postgraduate students, to whom it will provide a lot of food for thought and study.'
Clear, simple and up to date exploration of key issues in leadership studies.
An interesting and informative textbook on leadership approaches, theories and concepts. Its resasonable structure allows to adress traditional leadership approaches together with the current and critical perspectives. A good balance between academic rigor and pedagogical aims, with "vignettes", "reflecting questions" and "critical thinking boxes" used in a reasonable and helpful way.
A great book with good coverage in a topical manner. We will be adopting this book as the key text in a newly re-validated module starting September 2016 as a replacement to the more theory-by-theory style current one.
The book very interesting however I no longer contribute to this aspect of the MA Ed.
Very good in includes many traditional and more recent theories of leadership
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 12: Leadership, Gender and Diversity