Leadership: The Current State of Play

W. B. Howieson
Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Product Details
27 Feb 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
248 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
Leadership: The Current State of Play defines contemporary thinking in leadership from both academic and practitioner perspectives. It presents an easy-to-read overview of historical and contemporary thought on the roles and functions of leaders and applies these perspectives to problems in the present day. 

This book offers insights for professionals in organisational leadership positions in a variety of sectors in the UK and beyond. It is also of great interest to researchers and students in the fields of business and management. 

Across the study’s four chapters, there are nine vignettes written by leading practitioners of organisational leadership in various fields, including clinical dentistry, the Ministry of Defence, charities and football management. These vignettes offer a unique opportunity to hear the voices of individuals who are rarely considered in such leadership literature. Their reflections illustrate the benefit of approaching leadership through the eyes of those practicing it.
Foreword: Laurence Clark 
Chapter One: Introduction
- Backdrop 
- Why another book on leadership?
- Book structure
- A working framework: the leadership matrix ™ 
- Chapter summary 
Chapter Two: What is leadership? - an academic perspective 
- Etymology and the language of leadership 
- The definitional problem 
- History of leadership research 
- A key debate 
- Leadership models, philosophies and styles 
- Criticisms of the mainstream approach - challenging the western hegemony 
- Its difference to management and command (i.e. being the boss) 
- Looking ahead - the next 30 years 
- Chapter summary 
Chapter Three: How does one do it? - a practitioner perspective 
- Introduction 
- The practitioner view 
- Chapter summary 
Chapter Four: Conclusion 
Endnote: Bernard Burnes
W. B. Howieson is a Professor and Head of the Management Division in the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He is the lead author of Public and Third Sector Leadership: Experience Speaks (Emerald, 2014).
'Leadership is becoming increasingly important in the education of football managers and coaches, and this book is essential reading for all coaches and managers wanting to develop their understanding of this key area in our profession.' - Jim Fleeting, Director of Education, Scottish Football Association

'This book combines academic and, importantly, practitioner literature to help with our understanding of leadership. I recommend it to all who are interested in "leading" in a healthcare setting.' - Ian Anderson CBE, Former President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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