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Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives

Leadership Theory: Cultivating Critical Perspectives

John P. Dugan

ISBN: 978-1-118-86422-7

Jan 2017

416 pages

$60.99

Description

An interdisciplinary survey text on leadership theory grounded using critical perspectives

Leadership Theory is designed specifically for use in undergraduate or graduate classrooms providing a comprehensive overview of essential theories informing the leadership studies knowledgebase. The text infuses critical perspectives in a developmental manner that guides readers through increasingly complex ways in which theory can be deconstructed and reconstructed to enhance practice and advance social justice.  The book uses compelling examples, critically reflective questions, and multiple approaches to concept illustration to cultivate readers' abilities to engage as critical learners. At the heart of this are powerful counter-narratives offering a range of insights on the challenges and rewards of leadership. Narratives represent accomplished leaders from across a broad range of fields including Eboo Patel, Mary Morten, Felice Gorordo, and more. The facilitator's guide and instructor's website supplement this with case studies, sample syllabi, structured dialogues, and learning activities tied to each chapter.

Leadership texts tend to limit application of theory to a singular disciplinary context, omit important ways in which research evolves the understanding of theory, and/or lack critical evaluation of theories which diminishes the ability to translate theory to practice. This book provides a much-needed solution to these issues.

  • Learn the nature, origin, and evolution of specific theories
  • Understand and apply leadership theories using critical perspectives
  • Consider the influences of ethics and justice, social location, and globalization

The rapid expansion of leadership programs has thrown the dearth of suitable primary texts into sharp relief. Instructors forced to cobble together course materials from multiple piecemeal sources will find their much-needed solution in Leadership Theory.

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List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Author xxix

1. The Evolving Nature of Leadership 1

Why Study Leaders and Leadership? 2

What Is Leadership? 3

Mapping the Definitional Terrain 4

Chapter Summary 23

2. Critical Perspectives as Interpretative Frameworks 29

Letting Go of Theoretical Certainty 30

What Is Critical Social Theory? 31

Central Themes of Critical Social Theory 33

Using Critical Perspectives as Interpretative Tools 42

Essential Preparation for Applying Critical Perspectives 49

Benefits of Using Critical Perspectives 52

Chapter Summary 53

3. Interpreting Leadership Theory Using Critical Perspectives 57

Critical Social Theory and Leadership 57

Evolution of Formal Leadership Theory 58

Implicit Leadership Theory 72

Chapter Summary 82

4. Person-Centered Theories 85

Trait-Based Leadership 85

The Leadership Challenge Model 90

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership 94

Strengths-Based Leadership 98

Deconstruction of Person-Centered Theories 104

Reconstruction of Person-Centered Theories 109

Chapter Summary 113

5. Theories of Production and Effectiveness 117

Style Theory 117

Situational Leadership 125

Path-Goal Theory 132

Deconstruction of Theories of Production and Effectiveness 138

Reconstruction of Theories of Production and Effectiveness 143

Chapter Summary 147

6. Group-Centered Theories 151

Leader-Member Exchange Theory 151

Team Leadership 160

Shared Leadership 169

Deconstruction of Group-Centered Theories 176

Reconstruction of Group-Centered Theories 180

Chapter Summary 185

7. Theories of Transformation 189

Transforming/Transformational Leadership 189

Servant Leadership 197

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development 206

Deconstruction Theories of Transformation 215

Reconstruction Theories of Transformation 219

Chapter Summary 222

8. Relationship-Centered Theories 227

Connective Leadership 228

The Relational Leadership Model 236

Relational Leadership Philosophies 241

Deconstruction of Relationship-Centered Theories 249

Reconstruction of Relationship-Centered Theories 252

Chapter Summary 254

9. Vanguard Theories 257

Authentic Leadership 257

Adaptive Leadership 265

Complexity Leadership Theory 276

Deconstruction of Vanguard Theories 283

Reconstruction of Vanguard Theories 289

Chapter Summary 292

10. Toward a Justice-Based Leadership Model 297

Strategic Social Change Leadership 298

Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Strategic Social Change Leadership 306

Chapter Summary 307

11. Integration and the Path Forward 313

Emergent Themes Across Leadership Theories 314

The Interconnection of Leadership Theory and Development 322

Closing Thoughts 327

References 331

Name Index 361

Subject Index 371