Leadership, the practice of focusing and motivating a group or organization to achieve its aims, is a much discussed but often misunderstood concept. This comprehensive textbook introduces the subject for Masters level students.
Readers are invited to make a series of metaphorical journeys of discovery, thematically organized around fundamental dilemmas within the field of leadership studies. Building on the success of previous editions, the text uses a simple map-based approach to consider dilemmas such as:
- Is a leader born or made?
- How are tensions between ethical dilemmas and economic self-interest resolved?
- How does a leader's desire for control balance with the need to empower members of the organization?
This third edition contains a brand new chapter on leadership in sport, an enhanced chapter on creativity, and more international content. Also new to this edition is a companion website containing PowerPoint slides, revision quizzes and a tutor’s guide. This text will be essential reading for Masters and MBA students on leadership courses, and will also be illuminating for managers pursuing leadership development.
Table of Contents
1.Leadership Journeys, Dilemmas and Maps 2.Born or Made? Dilemmas of Destiny and Development 3.Project Teams and the Dilemmas of Functional Leadership 4.Charisma Ancient and Modern Versions 5.Shared Meanings and Why Myths Matter: Mapping the Symbolic and the Cultural 6.Dilemmas of Trust, Competence and Vulnerability 7.Strategic Leadership: Do Strategic Leaders Matter? 8.The Narrative Turn: Dilemmas of Power, Discrimination and Diversity 9.Ethical Dilemmas 10.Creativity and Leadership: Dilemmas of Dreams, Denial and Change Management 11.Sporting Leadership and the Search for Excellence 12.Emerging Issues and Dilemmas
Tudor Rickards is Emeritus Professor of Creativity and Organizational Change at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.
‘The need for global leadership has never been greater. The twenty-first century confronts not only the economy, but humanity, with immense dilemmas. The third edition of Tudor Richards’s book, Dilemmas of Leadership, asks wise questions and guides those who really want to make a difference in organizations and corporations.’ - Nancy J. Adler, S. Bronfman Professor of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Canada and author of ‘Leadership Insights’
‘Written in a lively, engaging and thought-provoking style, leadership is explored through a wide variety of themes, perspectives and illustrations. Constructively, the book is designed to encourage reflection on the multiple dimensions of leadership and enter into debate.’ - Dr Mark Low, Staffordshire University, UK
‘Tudor Rickards' updated text provides an engaging exploration of the challenges of leadership for leaders working across various fields. This text moves beyond simple one-dimensional approaches and unearths the multifaceted complexities of leadership in the twenty-first century.’ - Dr Sheine Peart, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Praise for the previous edition:
'Dilemmas of Leadership is the textbook of choice for all Manchester Business School Worldwide leadership courses globally. It is valued by tutors and students for its 'map-making' approach to leadership development through improving decison-making and critical thinking processes.' - Nigel Bannister, Chief Global Officer & MBS Worldwide CEO
'This book does a great job concentrating on leadership topics often neglected within the academic discussion, such as leadership in project teams, symbolic aspects of leadership, or power and politics. Its particular value for students is that the complexity of these topics is highlighted and the subsequent problematic issues of leader action are illuminated.' - Ingo Winkler, University of Southern Denmark
'There has never been a time in our history when leadership has been more important. Tudor Rickards’ Dilemmas of Leadership will help each of us bring the perspectives we need to lead in the twenty-first century.' - Nancy J. Adler, McGill University, Canada
'I have completed the course of leadership at Manchester Business School Worldwide (MBSW). The book Dilemmas of Leadership is one of the best books I have ever read, not only for the academic course, but also in general. It is interesting, although not easy and is full of rich theories covering leadership, compared to other books. I have read the book several times and each time I read it, I deepen my understanding of leadership.' - Samer al Salhi, Student at Manchester Business School Worldwide
'I can say that Dilemmas of Leadership has been the most influential and inspiring book I have ever read, and the concepts presented by Tudor are applicable not only in leadership issues per se, but also in everyday decision making.' - Yaqoob Baqerpour, Student at Manchester Business School Worldwide