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Understanding leadership perspectives : theoretical and practical approaches

Author: Thomas Fairholm; Gilbert W Fairholm
Publisher: New York : Springer, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There is no dearth of popular books on leadership, often extolling the virtues of charismatic, celebrity leaders or offering simplistic formulas for "inspiring the troops" to achieve "extraordinary results." However, empirical research and exploration of leadership and its many elements is in much less supply. Confronted by failures of leadership in all of our major institutions -business, government, educational,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Fairholm; Gilbert W Fairholm
ISBN: 9780387849010 0387849017
OCLC Number: 243740479
Description: xiii, 191 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: In trod u ction 1 --
Competing and Conflicting Values: The Cause of the Problem 1 --
The Research Foundation 2 --
The Purposes of Leadership 2 --
The Leadership Perspectives Model 2 --
The Process of Leadership 3 --
1 Intellectual Threads of Modern Leadership Studies 5 --
We Know It W hen We See It 5 --
The Four Historical Threads of Leadership Thought 6 --
Trait Models: Who the Leader Is 7 --
Behavior Theory: What the Leader Does 9 --
Situational Theory: Where Leadership Takes Place 11 --
Values-Oriented Theory: The Fourth Theoretical Thread 13 --
Shortcomings of Leadership Threads: Confusing Leadership --
and M anagement 14 --
Values Leadership: Beyond Reductionism 15 --
Leadership Happens in Relationships 16 --
Leadership Is Transforming of the Individual 17 --
The Moral Philosophy of Leadership: What Greenleaf and Burns Began 17 --
The Leadership Mindset: Alternative Ways to Think About Leadership 20 --
Cultural Filters 21 --
Paradigm s 22 --
States of Being 22 --
Levels of Leadership 23 --
Summary and Conclusions 25 --
2 The Leadership Perspectives M odel 27 --
Leadership Perspectives: The Fifth Thread of Leadership Research 28 --
Research Validation of the Five Leadership Perspectives 28 --
Identifying Operational Categories and Leadership Elements 29 --
Leadership as (Scientific) Management 35 --
Leadership as Excellence Management 36 --
Values Leadership 36 --
Trust Culture Leadership 37 --
Spiritual Leadership 37 --
Overview of the Five Perspectives 38 --
The Hierarchical (Holarchical) Pattern of Perspectives --
of Leadership 40 --
Moving from One Perspective to Another 41 --
Leadership Perspectives Are Not Styles 43 --
Bridging the Leadership-Management Divide 44 --
Summary and Conclusions 46 --
3 Leadership as Management 47 --
Evolution of the Manager as Leader 47 --
Modern Management Theories 48 --
Scientific M anagement 49 --
Behavioral Science Approaches 50 --
Emerging Functions/Issues of Management 52 --
The Leadership Vs. Management Challenge 55 --
Analysis of the Leadership as (Scientific) Management Perspective 58 --
Efficient and Optimal Use of Resources 61 --
Performance Measurement 61 --
Organization 62 --
Planning and Coordination 62 --
Incentivization 63 --
C ontrol 63 --
Direction 64 --
Summary and Conclusions 64 --
4 Leadership as Excellence Management 67 --
The Excellence Management Perspective 68 --
Historical Roots and the Modern Quest for Quality 68 --
Defining Quality Operationally 69 --
The Quality Movement in America 70 --
Methods to Improve Quality Performance 73 --
Leadership as Excellence Management: Tools, Behaviors, --
and Approaches to Followers 75 --
Encouraging High-Quality Products and Services 75 --
Process Improvement 77 --
Listening Actively 78 --
Being Accessible 78 --
M otivation 79 --
Sharing Problem Definition and Solution 80 --
Expressing Common Courtesy 80 --
Sum m ary and Conclusions 81 --
5 The Values Leadership Perspective 83 --
Defining Values-Based Leadership 83 --
Review of Values-Based Leadership Theory 84 --
An Example: The Values-Based Leadership Model 85 --
Principles of Values-Based Leadership Model 86 --
Values Leadership: Tools, Behaviors, and Approaches to Followers 90 --
Help Each Worker Be a Proactive Contributor to Group Action 93 --
Encourage High-Performing and Self-led Followers 94 --
Setting and Enforcing Values 94 --
Visioning and Focusing Communication About the Vision 95 --
Teaching/Coaching 96 --
Empowering (Fostering Ownership) 97 --
Summary and Conclusions 97 --
6 Trust Culture Leadership 101 --
Cultures: Definitions and the Need for Unity 101 --
Defining Culture 102 --
The Impact of Culture on Leadership 104 --
Trust and Its Impact on Leadership 105 --
The Trust-Truth Model 106 --
The Impact of Trust on Leadership 107 --
Trust Culture Leadership: Tools, Behaviors, --
and Approaches to Followers 108 --
Ensuring Cultures of Trust 110 --
Prioritizing Cultural Values and Values-Related Conduct 111 --
Creating and Maintaining CultureVia Visioning 111 --
Sharing Governance 112 --
Measuring, Appraising, and Rewarding Group Performance 112 --
Trust 112 --
Team B uilding 114 --
Fostering a Shared Culture 115 --
Summary and Conclusions 116 --
7 The Spiritual Heart of Leadership 119 --
The Place of Spirit in Our Work Lives 119 --
Pressures That Focus Our Spirit Self at Work 123 --
The Power of Spirit 124 --
Defining the Spiritual and Its Impact on Leadership 125 --
Foundations of Spiritual Leadership 129 --
A Spiritual Leadership Model 130 --
Spiritual (Whole-Soul) Leadership: Tools, Behaviors, --
and Approaches to Followers 135 --
Concern for the Integration of the Whole-Soul of Leader and Led 137 --
Liberating People to Grow Continually 138 --
Enabling Individual Wholeness in the Context of a Community 139 --
Fostering an Intelligent Organization 140 --
Setting Moral Standards 140 --
Inspiration 141 --
Freeing Followers to Build Stewardship Communities 141 --
Modeling a Service Orientation 142 --
Summary and Conclusions 142 --
8 Further Issues to Consider 145 --
The Holarchical Nature of Leadership Perspectives 146 --
T w o M ore T racks 148 --
Trans-Leadership 148 --
Unit of Analysis: Organizational Leadership --
and Intimate Leadership 152 --
Typical Values of Each Leadership Perspectives and the Four V's 152 --
Summary: The Philosophy of Leadership 155 --
Appendix: Research Approach and Methodology 157 --
Research Approach 157 --
Content Analysis 157 --
Semistructured Interviews 158 --
Review of Questions, Methods, and Model 158 --
Methodology: Conducting the Research 160 --
Methodology I: Content Analysis of Time-Controlled Essays 162 --
Methodology II: Semistructured Interviews of Selected --
Public Managers 164 --
Verification, Trustworthiness, and Validity Issues 166 --
Summary of Methodology 169 --
Key Research Findings 170.
Responsibility: Matthew R. Fairholm, Gilbert W. Fairholm.

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