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The Essence of Leadership : The Four Keys to Leading Successfully

Edwin A Locke



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Format: Paperback, 120pp.
ISBN: 9780739100547
Publisher: Lexington Books
Pub. Date: March 1999

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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.

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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

 

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Edwin A. Locke (College Park, MD) has spent many years researching the ultra-wealthy and teaching a related MBA course at the R. H. Smith School of Business and Management, University of Maryland. He is also the author of The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators.

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Table of Contents
Forewordxi
Prefacexiii
1The Nature of Leadership1
What Is Leadership?2
Leadership versus Management4
Transformational vesus Transactional5
Leadership6
The Leadership Model10
What about Leadership Style?10
Contingency Theory
2Leadership Motives and Traits13
The Core Motives14
The Core Traits23
Summary34
3Knowledge, Skills, and Ability35
Knowledge35
Skills37
Ability46
Summary47
4Vision49
Defining Vision49
Vision Statements50
Formulating the Vision53
Promoting Commitment to the Vision57
Developing a Strategic Vision59
Summary61
5Implementation of the Vision63
Structuring64
Selecting, Acculturating, and Training Employees66
Motivating69
Managing Information88
Team-Building93
Promoting Change, Innovation, and Risk-Taking95
Summary99
6A Case Study101
Implementing Leadership for Quality---The Room Air Conditioner Industry101
References107
Index113
About the Authors119


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