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A Manager's Guide to Using the Force: Leadership Lessons from a Galaxy Far Far Away

Michael J. Urick
Saint Vincent College, USA

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13 Apr 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
168 pages - 152 x 229mm
Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture
Part of the series Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture, Urick examines management theories related to mentorship and learning, transformational and transactional leadership, ethical decision making, bases of power, mindfulness, multi-tasking, and more. As you learn to apply these theories, you can become at one with the Force to find balance in your leadership style.

Each theory is viewed through the lens of various aspects of the Jedi approach to exerting influence. Through these examples, readers will become familiar and comfortable with academically supported leadership concepts to adjust their own behaviors, becoming more successful in the process. By examining leadership theories through the context of popular culture, the book encourages readers to think creatively about how they might adjust their own management approach. Readers will move from Padawan to Master quickly. May the Force be with you, Jedi Manager!

The series aims to bring examples, theory and methodology of leadership to life by analysing academic concepts through popular culture examples that will appeal to a broad range of readers.
Chapter 1. The Jedi Way
Chapter 2. Mentorship
Chapter 3. Teamwork
Chapter 4. Mindfulness and Multi-tasking 
Chapter 5. Self-sacrifice
Chapter 6. Values
Chapter 7. Bases of Influence 
Chapter 8. Communicating
Chapter 9. Inclusivity
Chapter 10. Adaptability, Resilience, and Responding to Crisis
Chapter 11. Failure
Chapter 12. The Dark Side 
Chapter 13. The Way of the Jedi Manager
Michael J. Urick, PhD, MBA, MS, SSGB, SHRM-CP is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA USA). Urick has authored or co-authored over fifty publications, many of which are related to linking pop culture to theories, leadership, and generational issues at work. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Leadership and Management and Series Editor for Exploring Effective Leadership Practices through Popular Culture.

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