The Essence of Leadership

The Essence of Leadership : The Four Keys to Leading Successfully

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The Essence of Leadership presents a model for successful leadership that is based on real leaders rather than abstract theory. Edwin A. Locke examines the styles and methods of corporate giants and distills their common characteristics and skills into a prototype for effective leadership that any aspiring corporate or organizational leader can follow. His model is based on four elements a leader possesses: motives and personal traits; knowlege, skills and ability; vision; and the capacity to realize that vision. Locke shows how his model works in the real world by applying it to David Garvin's study of sixteen Japanese and American manufacturers of air conditioners. From these real-life examples, Locke concludes that it is indeed leadership that makes or breaks the success of a company. General readers looking for practical guidelines to effective leadership will be especially interested in this book.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 148.6 x 227.6 x 13.5mm | 263.09g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100548
  • 9780739100547

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As I took the time to appraise privately some of the leaders I know in the business and financial communities, I was struck by the validity and simplicity of the qualities included in the book's leadership model. It is clear that the author is talking about real people. I hope our country will be favored in the future, with so many leaders who will emulate ever more closely the leadership standards so soundly articulated in this book. -- John Pancetti, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Manhattan Savings Bank A superb integration of the popular and scientific literature; this book presents a compelling framework for understanding what differentiates effective from ineffective leaders. -- Gary Latham, Faculty of Management, University of Toronto It is encouraging to note that the 'old fashioned' characteristics of honesty, integrity, and self-confidence lead Edwin Locke's list of leadership traits. If the leaders of the twenty-first century are grounded in these fundamentals, our future will be in good hands. -- Anne Sutherland Fuchs, publisher, Vogue To me, the essence of a successful leader is belief in one's self and an equally strong belief in the vision of where you want to go and what you wish to achieve. Nothing convinces those with whom you work more than your own conviction in the objectives of the task at hand. Edwin Locke's book captures my feelings exactly. -- William B. Walsh M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Project HOPEshow more

About Edwin A. Locke

Edwin A. Locke is Chairman of the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Maryland's College of Business and Management. He has written over 140 books, chapters, and articles.show more

Table of contents

chapter 1 Foreword chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 The Nature of Leadership chapter 4 Leadership Motives and Traits chapter 5 Knowledge, Skills, and Ability chapter 6 Vision chapter 7 Implementation of the Vision chapter 8 A Case Study chapter 9 References chapter 10 Index chapter 11 About the Authorshow more

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