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Studying Leadership: Traditional and Critical Approaches 2ed

by Doris Schedlitzki and Gareth Edwards Sage Publications Ltd
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Now in its Second Edition, Studying Leadership continues to provide a comprehensive overview of the key theories, topics, research debates and major developments in the field of leadership studies. Split into three parts, the book covers the traditional and mainstream theories on leadership; the main topics and perspectives explored in leadership research, and the recent trends in leadership studies such as gender and diversity, ethics, sustainability, language and identity. The new edition features a chapter on "Researching Leadership" and includes extended case studies to enhance learning and support students with their dissertations and research projects. The book is complemented by a companion website featuring a range of tools and resources for lecturers and students, including chapter specific multiple-choice questions, case studies, video links, free SAGE journal articles, PowerPoint slides and an instructor's manual. Suitable reading for students on leadership courses across a range of subjects including Business & Management, Health and Education.

Introduction – Mapping Different Approaches to Studying Leadership
Part I: Traditional Approaches to Leadership
Chapter 1. Leadership and Management
Chapter 2. Leadership Competencies: Traits, Personality, Skills, Styles and Intelligences
Chapter 3. Contingency and Leader-Member Exchange Theories of Leadership
Chapter 4. Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
Part II: Current Issues in Leadership
Chapter 5. Perspectives on Leadership Context
Chapter 6. Followership, Psychoanalytic and Relational Approaches to Leadership
Chapter 7. Leadership and Power
Chapter 8. Strategic Leadership and Leading Change
Chapter 9. Distributed Leadership
Chapter 10. Leadership and Culture
Chapter 11. Leadership Learning and Development
Part III: Critical Issues in Leadership
Chapter 12. Leadership, Gender and Diversity
Chapter 13. Leadership, Ethics and Toxicity
Chapter 14. Leadership, Language and Identity
Chapter 15. Leadership, Arts and Aesthetics
Chapter 16. Researching Leadership
Epilogue - The Future of Leadership Studies
Appendix - Case Studies

A distinct introduction to the multifaceted field of leadership research. Its uniqueness lies in providing a critical and questioning approach to the subject, which encourages students to look beyond traditional theories and concepts and towards engaging with contemporary developments in the field.

Doris Schedlitzki is an Associate Professor in Organisational Leadership in the field of Organisation Studies at the University of the West of England.

Gareth Edwards is Associate Professor of Leadership Development in the field of Organisation Studies at the University of the West of England.