Leadership: Why Are Some People Better at It Than Others?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 686–687. Review of “Leadership: Theory and Practice” by Peter G. Northouse (see record 1997-08524-000). This book examines the major theories of leadership systematically. Each is given its opportunity to stake its claim as the leadership theory while being carefully examined by Northouse. According to the reviewers, the theories examined (trait approach, style approach, situational approach, contingency theory, path-goal theory, leader-member exchange theory, and transformational leadership) are explained in clear, understandable detail. Northouse reviews the strengths and criticisms of each theory as noted by major contributors in the field of leadership theory. What evolves from these analyses is a better understanding of why each particular theory has its proponents and opponents. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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