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Peter Guy Northouse

Theory and Practice

4.4 (167 ratings)
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Leadership by Peter Guy Northouse is a comprehensive guide to the theories and practices of effective leadership. It explores various leadership styles and traits, as well as how to develop them for success in different contexts and situations.

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    Explore what it takes to be a leader and discover which leadership styles are best suited to you.

    Leadership is sexy. Leaders are glorified and lionized, emulated and beloved. They often chart the course of human progress, dominate the pages of history, and enrich themselves in the currency of public affection. Leadership is the common thread that’s shared among the most influential figures of human history.

    And yet, there is another kind of leadership that remains possible for each of us. It’s the more modest variety practiced by regular people who, through minor but purposeful actions, help  make the world a better place. Perhaps it’s the teacher who inspires her pupils to broaden their horizons. Or maybe it’s a community organizer who helps collect food for the hungry. Leadership changes the world, no matter the scale.

    Because leadership is both so important and so possible, it is crucial to understand it better. In this blink, we’ll discuss a set of theories of where leadership comes from. We’ll also explore a host of leadership styles, explaining what makes them unique, and how you can implement them to become the leader you’d like to be. 

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    What is Leadership about?

    Leadership: Theory and Practice (2015) is a popular textbook exploring the topic of leadership. It discusses the main theories of leadership, explains the popular types of leadership style, and offers practical advice on improving your own leadership characteristics.  

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    Leadership (2018) by Peter Guy Northouse is a book that delves into the complexities of leadership and why it matters in various contexts. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • With insightful case studies and examples throughout, it provides a comprehensive understanding of different leadership theories and approaches.
    • The book emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence and self-awareness in effective leadership, offering practical strategies for personal growth.
    • By exploring the ethical dimensions of leadership and its impact on organizations, Northouse prompts readers to reflect on their own leadership practices and consider broader societal implications.

    Who should read Leadership?

    • Anyone interested in what makes a leader
    • Business-owners, teacher, coaches, or anyone involved in leading groups
    • Anyone wishing to be a leader

    About the Author

    Peter G. Northouse is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Western Michigan University and has taught courses on leadership and communication. for more than 30 years. His other works include Introduction To Leadership, Leadership Case Studies in Education, and Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals.   

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    Develop your leadership skills and understand different leadership theories with Leadership.

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    Is Leadership a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Leadership is worth reading for anyone interested in enhancing their leadership abilities. It provides practical insights and valuable knowledge.

    Who is the author of Leadership?

    The author of Leadership is Peter Guy Northouse.

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