Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Review: Leadership Theory and Practice

Leadership Theory and Practice edited by Peter G. Northouse is a reference book that all graduate students, HR executives and consultants should have on their shelves. The chapters are relatively easy to read and follow the same formula throughout the book. Several approaches to leadership are covered including trait, skill, style, situational, contingency, LMX, path-goal, transformational and transactional. Furthermore, other relevant leadership areas are cover such as team leadership, ethical leadership and women in leadership. Each chapter clearly presents the approach and critical elements followed by the advantages, disadvantages and application of each approach. I would recommend this book to everyone who deals with leadership or leaders at work. Go out and get it today!

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