Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times

Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times : Modeling the Public Career of George C. Marshall

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In Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times, Gerald M. Pops combines leadership and organizational theory with early twentieth-century history to model public leadership that is both monumentally effective and classically ethical. The book draws on the career of General George C. Marshall, including his character virtues and ethical practices in two world wars and his efforts to keep the peace and promote economic recovery following World War II.
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  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124773
  • 9780739124772
  • 2,265,360

Table of contents

Chapter 1. The Search for Ideal Leadership Chapter 2. Growth of a Leader Chapter 3. Core Ethical Attributes of a Leader Chapter 4. Additional Ethical Attributes Chapter 5. Dark Passage: Preparing the Nation for War Chapter 6. Organizer of Victory Chapter 7. Statesman Chapter 8. Organizational Philosophy and Management Style Chapter 9. Marshall and Reorganization Chapter 10. Leading Others Chapter 11. Democracy and Bureaucracy Chapter 12. Leadership Lessons, Enduring Issues, and Renewable Legacies
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Ethical Leadership in Turbulent Times: Modeling the Public Career of George C. Marshall comes at a time when society aches for effective ethical leadership from Washington to Wall Street. Dr. Pops uses ethical leadership lenses to walk us from the formation years of this remarkable leader's life to his three retirements. The author even concludes with two chapters that demonstrate the relevance of Marshall's leadership to the most compelling issues of the twenty-first century. This book is a must-read for-and is very accessible to-academics, students and practitioners. -- Mohamad G. Alkadry, Old Dominion University An aura of leadership emanates from nearly every book written about soldier-statesman George C. Marshall, but few if any authors have taken the trouble to analyze systematically his actions and qualities... Those interested in military history will be grateful that the author keeps his theoretical scaffolding brief and, even more important, understandable. The theory does, however, enable readers to see the events of Marshall's career, familiar to those who have read Pogue's magnificent biography, with fresh eyes... That Pops's use of sources, both primary and secondary, is impressively throrough when it comes to information about Marshall's life and career. Equally impressive are his skills as a writer. The Journal Of Military History, December 2009 While the world is awash in corruption and with the US losing its leadership position, here comes the story of an exemplary administrator, in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, and an ethical civilian and military leader-a soldier who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His life's work is a textbook on leadership and organizational behavior, and Gerald Pops deftly renders a short history and a critical commentary on this savant. -- Krishna K. Tummala, professor emeritus (Kansas State) Pops set himself three formidable tasks: to place Marshall within the context of leadership theory, to analyze his character, and to relate the man and theory within his environmental context. He completes the tasks admirably...It is not simply a story of Marshall's life, which in itself is fascinating, but also a lesson in political and diplomatic history. It highlights the life of a man who was brought up in an authoritarian culture of the soldier but committed to the principles of democracy and the superiority of the political masters and total commitment to that rare document-the Constitution...Pops must be congratulated for writing such a superb book. I, for one, learned a great deal in reading this book. So could others. Public Administration Review
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About Gerald M. Pops

Gerald M. Pops is professor in the graduate master of public administration degree program at West Virginia University. He is the author ofEmergence of the Public Sector Arbitrator andThe Case for Justice: Strengthening Decision Making and Policy in Public Administration and co-author of .Applying Standards and Ethics in the 21st Century.
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