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Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference, 3rd Edition



Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference, 3rd Edition

Susan R. Komives, Nance Lucas, Timothy R. McMahon

ISBN: 978-1-118-41748-5 May 2013 Jossey-Bass 608 Pages


This third edition is a thoroughly revised and updated version of the bestselling text for undergraduate leadership courses. This book is designed for college students to help them understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and guide them in developing their leadership potential. The Relational Leadership Model (RLM) continues as the major focus in this edition, and the book includes stronger connections between the RLM dimensions and related concepts, as well as visual applications of the model. The third edition includes new student vignettes that demonstrate how the major concepts and theories can be applied. It also contains new material on social justice, conflict management, positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, and new self-assessment and reflection questionnaires.

For those focused on the practice of leadership development, the third edition is part of a complete set that includes a Student Workbook, a Facilitation and Activity Guide for educators, and free downloadable instructional PowerPoint® slides. The Workbook is a student-focused companion to the book and the Facilitation and Activity Guide is designed for use by program leaders and educators.

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Preface vii

Acknowledgments xv

The Authors xix

Part I: Leadership for a Changing World

1. An Introduction to Leadership 3

2. The Changing Nature of Leadership 41

3. The Relational Leadership Model 93

Part II: Exploring Your Potential for Leadership

4. Understanding Yourself 151

5. Understanding Others 187

6. Leading with Integrity 237

Part III: Context for the Practice of Leadership

7. Being in Communities 285

8. Interacting in Teams and Groups 309

9. Understanding and Renewing Complex Organizations 353

Part IV : Making a Difference with Leadership

10. Understanding Change 405

11. Strategies for Change 443

12. Thriving Together 497

References 525

Author Index 551

Subject Index 559

"Students have a chance to learn leadership theory in a personal, practical and interactive way as they experience this book. [Exploring Leadership] provides important background of strengths-based approaches and their application to school and work settings." —Connie Rath, vice chair and dean, The Gallup Organization

"This edition of Exploring Leadership will inspire students to engage in deeper self-exploration about why they lead and how they can make a positive difference through their leadership. The book provides a comprehensive treatment of leadership, complete with cutting-edge scholarship, applications, and reflections from students. I recommend it highly." —Carol S. Pearson, president, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and author, The Hero Within and The Transforming Leader

"There is a reason this book is in its third edition: It is a thoughtful and practical guide designed for college students who want to study leadership, perchance become leaders themselves. Most importantly, the authors offer critical advice to young, potential leaders for leading effectively in a rapidly changing world." —Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and professor of organizational behavior, Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University