Says What It Does, Does What It Says

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1291–1292. Reviews the book, Measures of Leadership by Kenneth E. Clark and Miriam B. Clark (Eds.) (see record 1991-97354-000). This book is not for those who are looking for a comprehensive review of the more than 10,000 leadership studies. However, consistent with its title, the book is for those who along with the editors, wonder “where [are] the data to substantiate … claims for providing wise [leadership] advice and counsel?” More specifically, it is for academics and practitioners who share certain kinds of interests. Part I of the book contains chapters covering topics ranging from defining leadership to translating knowledge into action. Part 2 contains articles on attribution and roles, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator within a leadership context, top level leadership. Finally Part 3 provides detailed proceedings concering what transpired at a conference on which this book is based. The bottom line is that the book's title says what it does, and the book then does what it says. It belongs in the library of serious scholars and practitioners, though it is not as easy to read as many of the more popularized, practitioner-oriented books. The term “serious” should be taken seriously, and for practitioners it might best apply to those responsible for setting up major leadership selection, training, or development programs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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