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The Practice of Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders



The Practice of Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

Jay A. Conger, Ronald E. Riggio, Bernard M. Bass (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-42963-1 June 2012 Jossey-Bass 432 Pages


This book includes contributions from top scholars who outline the best leadership practices for the benefit of the practicing leader. Each chapter focuses on a specific area of leadership practice and ends with a set of  "take away" best practices in each area—an executive summary in reverse—that will serve as a quick reference for those who might want to peruse chapters, but still extract the best practices, as well as a summary for those who thoroughly read each chapter.

"Jay Alden Conger and Ronald Riggio have brought together a galaxy of sophisticated yet practical experts on leadership, stressing both the complexity and indispensability of both transactional and transforming leadership, with the blessing of the pioneering student of leadership, Bernie Bass."
—James MacGregor Burns, professor emeritus, Willams College, and Pulitzer Prize winner

Related Resources

Foreword (Bernard M. Bass).

About the Authors.

Introduction (Jay A. Conger and Ronald E. Riggio).

Part One: Leadership Development and Selection.

1 Best Practices in Leader Selection (Ann Howard).

2 Best Practices in Leadership Assessment (Manuel London, James W. Smither, and Thomas Diamante).

3 Shifting the Emphasis of Leadership Development: From “Me” to “All of Us” (Patricia M. G. O’Connor and David V. Day).

4 Getting Leader Development Right: Competence Not Competencies (Morgan W. McCall Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck).

Part Two: The Tasks of the Leader.

5 Best Practices in the Use of Proactive Influence Tactics by Leaders (Gary Yukl).

6 Creating the Conditions for Success: Best Practices in Leading for Innovation (Michael D. Mumford, Dawn L. Eubanks, and Stephen T. Murphy).

7 Best Practices in Ethical Leadership (Craig E. Johnson).

8 Best Practices in Team Leadership:What Team Leaders Do to Facilitate Team Effectiveness (Kevin C. Stagl, Eduardo Salas, and C. Shawn Burke).

Part Three: Leading the Organization.

9 Best Practices in Leading Organizational Change: Workplace Recovery Following Major Organizational Transitions (Mitchell Lee Marks).

10 Best Practices in Leading at Strategic Levels: A Social Responsibility Perspective (David A. Waldman).

11 Best Practices in Corporate Boardroom Leadership (Jay A. Conger).

Part Four: Leading in Today’s World.

12 Best Practices in Leading under Crisis: Bottom-Up Leadership, or How to Be a Crisis Champion (Ian I.Mitroff).

13 Best Practices in Leading Diverse Organizations (Lynn R. Offermann and Kenneth Matos).

14 Best Practices in Cross-Cultural Leadership (Mary B. Teagarden).

15 Getting It Right: The Practice of Leadership (Ronald E. Riggio and Jay A. Conger).



The chapters are written by the most renowned leadership scholars who draw on their research to provide leaders with a comprehensive guide to the best leadership practices.   
  • Examines how to select and develop leaders.
  • Contains information about the specific tasks required by leaders. 
  • Outlines the best practices in organizational leadership.
  • Includes a variety of perspectives on leading in today’s world.
"Surprisingly easy to read… the writing is straightforward, the chapters are well organized, and summaries at the end of the chapter reiterate key points." (Personnel Psychology, 09/28/2007)