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Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Grint
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The subject of leadership raises many questions: What is it? How does it differ from management and command? Are leaders born or bred? Who are the leaders? Do we actually need leaders?

Inevitably, the answers are provocative and partial; leadership is a hugely important topic of debate. There are constant calls for 'greater' or 'stronger' leadership, but what this actually means, how we can evaluate it, and why it's important are not very clear.

In this Very Short Introduction Keith Grint prompts the reader to rethink their understanding of what leadership is. He examines the way leadership has evolved from its earliest manifestations in ancient societies, highlighting the beginnings of leadership writings through Plato, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and others, to consider the role of the social, economic, and political context undermining particular modes of leadership.

Exploring the idea that leaders cannot exist without followers, and recognising that we all have diverse experiences and assumptions of leadership, Grint looks at the practice of management, its history, future, and influence on all aspects of society.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

About the Author

Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University. Previously he was Professor of Defence Leadership at Cranfield University. He spent 10 years in industry before switching to an academic career. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Leadership (Sage) and founding co-organizer of the International Conference in Leadership Research. He remains a visiting Research Professor at Lancaster University, a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust, an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College, Oxford University, and a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute, a research arm of the UK's National School of Government.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (29 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8356O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A head of the pack 10 Aug 2010
According to this book there are over 53,000 books on the topic of leadership on Amazon. This is a worthy addition to that list. The author skilfully combines academic and popular styles to build up the reader's knowledge of the subject of leadership. He touches on topics as diverse as Plato's republic, Hitler youth and "Lord of the Rings" to illustrate the differing types of leadership styles and how these have historically changed depending on the social context. There is an excellent use of compact and informative diagrams which illustrate the author's points. Whilst I might disagree with the author on some topics, such as his views on the "Great Men" style of leadership - he makes his arguments clearly and well. Apart from a minor quibbles about at times poor referencing of source material in the text, a recommended read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the longer version 14 April 2014
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Having read Grint's 'full' version of this book 'Leadership, limits and possibilities' I have to say this version still remains my favourite.

Grint has quite a challenging and philosophical approach to leadership and this book is certainly no 'how to' or training manual for leadership. What it does however is to challenge your thinking and force you to reflect on what leadership actually is. Which to be honest nobody seems to know.

Am I a better leader for reading this book, perhaps, has my knowledge of leadership been expanded, no (read Northouse - leadership and practice for that). Is it a good little read to kill the time on a 3 hour train ride, yes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Psycho-Babble Authors 15 Jan 2012
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I once (returning to work) had a conversation with a man who had recently been made 'Partner'. I asked him what one had to do to achieve such and he replied that one had to have 'Partnership Quality'. His obvious inability to explain the reason for his success, continued to puzzle me. That he was later thrown out, unceremoniously by his Partners, suggests that my incomprehension was not misplaced.

There are as the author notes, endless books here on Leadership, with the unspoken aspiration that all proper people are Natural Leaders or should at least aspire to Leadership; but one cannot have Leaders without many Followers and those books merely appeal to their readers insecurity. From my experience, most leaders are jealously insecure self-opinionated bullies and damaging to the organisation they lead, and I have never been able to determine whether that sort of person seeks leadership or whether leadership brings about those regrettable characteristics.

Some VSIs are a little short; some a little long, but this one although just right puts out in its last chapter the most tantalising possibilities for further consideration as it considers Sacrifice, Scapegoats, Sacrilege, and Exclusion. In short: This book builds to a climax!

If I have to find any fault with the book, a tendency to swallow whole Feminist Ideology, is unfortunate, but rather par for the course, generally, these days, in Academia, I regret to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 24 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well worth the cost as easy to read although sometimes a little repetitive.Good that it goes though how leadership evolved. Would have liked more examples from modern times
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