Putting Your Values to Work
Becoming the Leader Others Want to Follow
by Matthew R. Fairholm
September 2013, 171pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3059-4
$41, £31, 35€, A59
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-3060-0
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An effective leader is someone people WANT to follow.

Explains how anyone who learns the power of vision, voice, vectors, and values in the lives of those around them can be an outstanding leader.

The direct result of the author’s experience in teaching leadership and conducting management training sessions for professional organizations, this book describes four fundamental ideas that explain how and why people are compelled to follow: Values, Vision, Vector, and Voice. Together, these concepts form the essence of leadership and inform the steps necessary to inspire others to follow. The accessible, easy-to-read chapters differentiate leadership from management, connect the views and choices of followers with the definition and essential tasks of leadership, and link the “Four Vs” to tried and true concepts in leadership theory while drawing contrasts to conventional management wisdom.


  • Presents a step-by-step approach to strategic thinking and planning that has been tested in a variety of organizations
  • Supplies a leadership use model that is easy to understand and modify for training purposes, but is also sophisticated enough to serve as the basis for an in-depth study of leadership
  • Features real-world stories from international, public, military, academic, and non-profit organizations to underscore the leadership and management ideas in the book
  • Includes a series of questions to help reinforce main points in the chapter, quotes about leadership that reinforce the chapter topic, and practical activities with each chapter
Matthew R. Fairholm, PhD, is associate professor in public administration and the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota. His published works include Understanding Leadership Perspectives: Theoretical and Practical Applications and numerous articles in public administration and leadership journals. Fairholm holds a doctorate in public administration from The George Washington University.
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