Leadership at the Crossroads

by Joanne B. Ciulla, Donelson R. Forsyth, Michael A. Genovese, George R. Goethals, Lori Cox Han, and Crystal L. Hoyt, Editors


A group of leadership experts explore the challenges and opportunities of leadership in today's complex, demanding, and paradoxical environment-incorporating fresh perspectives from the fields of management, ethics, politics, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, and psychology.

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October 2008


Pages 964
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/Leadership

What is leadership? Not only has that question been debated since the beginning of human culture and society, but it's a moving target based on the definer, and the epoch. The definition can be thought-provoking and profound: A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him, (Lao Tzu, 6th century BC ). Or the profundity may lie shrouded in the prosaic: A leader is one who has followers, (Peter Drucker, 20th century). However you define the concept, today's challenges for leaders of all stripes are monumental, and the need for effective leadership is huge. More than anything, this set travels farther and digs deeper than most leadership books. It takes us from mere explanations of leadership to an understanding of it as part of the human condition. Reading it should be at the top of the to-do list for any leader in any era.

In Leadership at the Crossroads, contributors from a wide variety of fields, including management, economics, political science, philosophy, sociology, history, literature, and psychology, explore the many facets of leadership. The set comprises: Volume 1: Leadership and Psychology; Volume 2: Leadership and Politics; Volume 3: Leadership and the Humanities. Collectively, this set showcases traditional and emerging approaches to leadership in both theory and practice and raises new questions brought on by society's new challenges. It also suggests solutions for developing and promoting leadership in the corporate world, politics and diplomacy, religion, education, non-profits, and the arts. Whether identifying qualities that will serve a U.S. president well, or the characteristics of the essential can-do supervisor in today's corporation, Leadership at the Crossroads supplies insights and intelligence that will help leaders make the most of the challenges and opportunities lying before them.

Table of Contents

PrefaceVolume 1Introduction: A Contemporary Social Psychology of LeadershipCrystal L. Hoyt, George R. Goethals, and Donelson R. Forsyth1. A Contemporary Social Psychology of Leadership by Crystal L. Hoyt, George R. Goethals, and Donelson R. Forsyth2. Personality and Leadership by Stephen J. Zaccaro, Lisa M.V. Gulick, and Vivek P. Khare3. Social Psychology and Charismatic Leadership by Ronald E. Riggio and Heidi R. Riggio4. Knocking on Heavens Door: The Social Psychological Dynamics of Charismatic Leadership by Sheldon Solomon, Florette Cohen, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski5. Social Identity Theory of Leadership by Michael A. Hogg6. Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: Implications for Leader Development by Paulo N. Lopes and Peter Salovey7. Social Cognitive Perspectives on Leadership by Tiane L. Lee and Susan T. Fiske8. Seeing and Being a Leader: The Perceptual, Cognitive, and Interpersonal Roots of Conferred Influence by Donelson R. Forsyth and Judith L. Nye9. Presidential Greatness and its Socio-Psychological Significance: Individual or Situation? Performance or Attribution? by Dean Keith Simonton10. The Unbearable Lightness of Debating: Performance Ambiguity and Social Influence by Matthew B. Kugler and George R. Goethals11. Social Stigma and Leadership: A Long Climb up a Slippery Ladder by Crystal L. Hoyt and Martin M. Chemers12. Deifying the Dead and Downtrodden: Sympathetic Figures as Inspirational Leaders by Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals13. Persuasion and Leadership by James M. Olson and Graeme A. Haynes14. What it Takes to Succeed: An Examination of the Relationship Between Negotiators Implicit Beliefs and Performance by Laura J. Kray and Michael P. Haselhuhn15. Presidential Leadership and Group Folly: Reappraising the Role of Groupthink in the Bay of Pigs Decisions by Roderick M. Kramer16. Self Regulation and Leadership: Implications for Leader Performance and Leader Development by Susan Elaine Murphy, Rebecca J. Reichard and Stefanie K. Johnson17. Evolution and the Social Psychology of Leadership: The Mismatch Hypothesis by Mark Van Vugt, Dominic D. P. Johnson, Robert B. Kaiser, and Rick OGorman18. Harnessing Power to Capture Leadership by Adam D. Galinsky, Jennifer Jordan, & Niro Sivanathan19. Morality as a Foundation of Leadership and a Constraint on Deference to Authority by Linda J. Skitka, Christopher W. Bauman, and Brad L. LytleAbout the Editors and ContributorsVolume 2PrefaceChapter 1 Leadership, Ethics, and the Problem of Dirty Hands John M. ParrishChapter 2 Leadership, Cognition, and the Politics of Manipulation Wayne S. Le CheminantChapter 3 Leadership, Structure, and Agency: FRD Re-examined Bruce MiroffChapter 4 Presidential Leadership: A Dyadic Model Michael A. GenoveseChapter 5 Making the Vision a Reality: Presidential Leadership in Congress Victoria Farrar-MyersChapter 6 Leadership and the Supreme Court: First among Equals? Christopher ShortellChapter 7 Leading a New Organization: Ridge, Chertoff, and the Department of Homeland Security Richard S. ConleyChapter 8 American Leadership of the International Community: The Role of the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Meena BoseChapter 9 Public Leadership in the Political Arena Lori Cox HanChapter 10 When the People Lead: Public Opinion and the Direction of Democratic Government Matthew J. Streb and Brian FrederickChapter 11 Leading Elite Opinion: Law Reviews and the Distortion of Scholarship Robert J. SpitzerChapter 12 Women and Political Leadership Caroline HeldmanAbout the Editors and ContributorVolume 3IntroductionPreface1. Nicholas O. Warner Of Gods and Commodores: Leadership in Melvilles Moby-Dick2. Aurora Hermida-Ruiz The Relevance of Don Quixote to Leadership Studies: Nostalgia, Cynicism, and Ambivalence3. Michael Harvey Against the Heroic: Gilgamesh and His City4. George R. Goethals Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, and Alternative Accounts of Lees Surrender at Appomattox5. Ruth Capriles Ressentiment as a Political Passion6. Antonio Marturano Understanding Leadership: Is It Time for a Linguistic Turn?7. Joanne B. Ciulla Why Being There is Essential to Leadership8. Kathleen Marie Higgins Leadership through Music9. Jennifer Cable Leadership through Music and Laughter: How Henry Carey Reinvented English Music and Song10. Charles Johnson Art History and Leadership Studies11. Scott Boylston Establishing Regimes of Truth: A Study of the Relationship Between Leaders, Power, and Artistic Expression12. About the Editor and Contributors



"… The competent scholarship and careful editing provide a research foundation for leadership in a contextual environment, involving both realism and imagination. Volume 1, on social psychology, makes apparent the connections between human interactions and leadership; volume 2 establishes a basis for leadership in contemporary politics and the public arena. Articles show that leaders do not lead in a vacuum, and that one can only understand leadership's dynamic within a shared context. Volume 3 ties leadership models and theories to fictitious characters from classical literature, to historical leaders' situational reality, and to philosophy, music, and the arts, offering new insights in an imaginative, creative approach… Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professional/practitioners."Choice

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