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4th Edition

Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
An Introduction

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ISBN 9781032200132
April 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
482 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Fourth Edition provides a compact but complete analysis of leadership for students and practitioners who work in public and nonprofit organizations. Offering a comprehensive review of leadership theories in the field, from the classic to the cutting-edge, and how they relate specifically to the public sector and nonprofit contexts, this textbook covers the major competency clusters in detail, supported by research findings as well as practical guidelines for improvement. These competencies are portrayed in a leadership action cycle that aids readers in visually connecting theory and practice. This thoroughly revised new edition also offers:

  • Questions for discussion and analysis, hypothetical scenarios for each chapter, as well as an easily reproducible leadership assessment instrument students may use to apply the theories they’ve learned
  • Expanded coverage of nonprofit leadership integrated throughout the chapters, including in-depth discussions about managing volunteers, fundraising ethics, the nonprofit board, advocacy, diversity and philanthropy, emotional labor, and mission-based leadership
  • An all-new chapter section on virtual leadership approaches, designed to help current and future managers cope with the unique opportunities and challenges present by remote work

Leadership in Public Organizations is an essential core text designed specifically with upper-level and graduate public administration and nonprofit management courses on leadership in mind, but it has also proven an indispensable guidebook for professionals seeking insight into the role of successful leadership behavior in the public and nonprofit sectors. It can further be used as supplementary reading in introductory courses examining management competencies, in leadership classes to provide practical self-help and improvement models, and in organizational theory classes that wish to balance organizational perspectives with individual development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part I: Theories and Approaches to Leadership  2. Understanding Theories of Leadership and Leadership Styles  3. Early Management, Trait, Stratified Systems, and Transactional Theories of Leadership  4. Charismatic and Transformational Approaches  5. Distributed Approaches to Leadership  6. Ethics-Based Leadership Theories  7. Leadership Approaches Focusing on Influence, Attribution, and a Changing Environment  8. Competency-Based Leadership Approaches  9. Traits That Contribute to Leader Effectiveness  Part II: Applied Leadership Competencies  10. Skills That Contribute to Leader Effectiveness  11. Assessments by Leaders and the Goals to Which They Lead  12. Task-Oriented Behaviors  13. People-Oriented Behaviors  14. Organization-Oriented Behaviors  15. Leadership Development and Evaluation

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Montgomery Van Wart is Professor of Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. He has been a distinguished visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Some of his other books include Business, Society, and Global Governance, 2nd Edition (2022, with Anna Ya Ni), Leadership Across the Globe (2015, with Vipin Gupta), and Building Business-Government Relations (2015, by Anna Ya Ni). He has done extensive training of leaders at all levels of government across the globe.

Pamela S. Medina is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at California State University, San Bernadino. She is an accomplished nonprofit management and public administration scholar and has published articles in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education, among others. This is her first book.


"By far, this is the most comprehensive textbook on leadership currently in circulation. It covers the basic leadership principles and explores the many leadership theories that the practitioner, graduate, or undergraduate student would need to have a firm foundation and understanding of leadership today. This new edition updates the chapters with additional text and examples that are inclusive and illustrative. Van Wart and Medina work their genius in providing the reader a clear picture of leadership in the 21st century."

Abraham David Benavides, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA