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Third Edition

Marian Iszatt-White and Christopher Saunders

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198834298

384 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

This accessible and comprehensive textbook draws on the reader's own experience of leadership in an employment context. The text adopts a critical and thematic approach to the discussion of core debates and emerging topics, while offering a wealth of case studies and other learning tools to help students put leadership theory into practice.



Written by an author team from one of Europe's leading management schools, Leadership is the ideal book to help you build effective leadership practice. The authors skilfully interweave a critical and reflective approach with ground-breaking research, to offer an authoritative yet accessible guide to the complexities of leadership.

  • A critical analysis of leadership that is ideal for post-experience, postgraduate, and MBA students.
  • Its thematic approach to the subject offers a framework within which readers can easily discern the multiplicity of leadership theories currently on offer.
  • A critical approach encourages the reader to fully get to grips with the key topics and debates in the field while developing their critical thinking skills and their own perspectives on the material presented.
  • Carefully designed learning features encourage readers to reflect on and advance their own leadership development.
  • Discusses the latest academic research in a truly student-friendly format, and provides a wealth of global examples to illustrate the link between leadership theory and practice.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on leadership-as-practice highlights a movement that is still being developed within the field. It encourages students to question how a practice view of leadership compares with more traditional notions of transformational, visionary, and charismatic leadership.
  • A new chapter on followership, bad, and toxic leadership further balances content to reflect both 'good' and 'bad' leadership.
  • Links to the films, TV shows, books etc. used in the 'Leadership in the media' boxes are now included in the video links online resource, giving lecturers more opportunities to better tie the book to their teaching.
  • Updated case studies now include contemporary figures and organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, BP, former Ted Baker CEO Ray Kelvin, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

About the Author(s)

Marian Iszatt-White, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Management School, and Christopher Saunders, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education, Lancaster University Management School

Dr Marian Iszatt-White is a Senior Lecturer in the area of leadership at the School of Management, Lancaster University. Marian formerly held the position of Group Treasurer of top 100 plc Enterprise Oil, and also developed a freelance training and consultancy business.

Chris is the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education at Lancaster University Management School. He has over 20 years' experience in the design and direction of leadership development programmes for a range of different organisations. Most recently Chris has been Director of Lancaster's Executive MBA programme, taught in the UK, Ghana, and Malaysia. He has previously been Director of the Full time MBA programme.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 - The basic frameworks
    1:Why study leadership? (And how we do it)
    2:Leadership, management, and strategy: Distinctions and overlaps
    3:Leadership, power, and influence: Defining the leadership construct
    4:Critical approaches to leadership
    Part 2 - Essentialist approaches
    5:Born versus made: Early approaches to understanding leadership
    6:Transformational and charismatic leadership: Vision and values at the top?
    7:Leading teams and leading change
    8:Authentic leadership: A solution in search of a problem?
    Part 3 - Relational approaches
    9:Leaders and leading: Everyone is a leader now!
    10:Leadership as a social construction
    11:Leadership-as-practice: The practice turn and discursive leadership
    12:Responsible leadership for a sustainable world
    13:Followership, bad, and toxic leadership
    Part 4 - Developing leaders: Developing as a leader
    14:Leader and leadership development
    15:Crafting leadership practice and identity


"This book makes an excellent contribution to the leadership field. It encourages a critical, but also reflective look at leadership practice. The new edition restructures and revises the key debates and introduces new examples that contextualise the theoretical discussion...An invaluable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students wanting to explore the importance of leadership within, and of, organizations." - Ashley Garlick, University of West London

"This new edition of Leadership continues to inspire. It's the book that all leaders need to provide them with well-rounded, current thinking in the field that will enhance their knowledge and leadership practice." - Claire Collins, Henley Business School

"An excellent book in which the authors draw on their intimate knowledge of the vast literature on leadership to offer readers a clear, critical and comprehensive guide to the subject. It is well illustrated by case studies, personal views, and summaries of key research. If you want to read just one book on leadership, I recommend this one." - Professor Bob Thomson, Warwick University

"This text stands out from many other texts by offering realistic advice on how to develop as leaders, rather than carrying an implicit assumption that knowledge of theory alone will inform better leadership practice. Presenting a rigorous introduction to leadership theory and the application of scientific research principles, Leadership teaches students the value of credible research in understanding real-world issues." - Catherine Toase, University of Central Lancashire

"Iszatt-White and Saunders have produced one of the most comprehensive and stimulating texts on leadership. Underpinned by clearly articulated theoretical models and a wealth of contemporary examples, this text is likely to appeal to a variety of audiences including students, policy makers and practitioners." - Professor Ian Kessler, King's College University

"This is an excellent introduction to the concept of leadership. It draws on research and real-life case studies to help the reader understand what it means to be a leader in a wide range of organisations." - Dr Adam Frost, Queen's University Belfast

"[OF THE LAST EDITION] This book covers leadership in a comprehensive way. It presents the main theoretical models on leadership and combines them with a focus on a number of key contemporary themes. The book usefully includes case studies and contemporary examples which brings the issues to life and will engage both undergraduate and postgraduate students." - Ian Kessler, King's College London

"[OF THE LAST EDITION] <i> Leadership </i> gives a broad overview of the field and includes classic approaches as well as recent trends. In particular, it takes a critical approach throughout the book and encourages students to reflect upon their assumptions...It is critical and pedagogical at the same time." - Nadja Sörgärde, Lund University

"[OF THE LAST EDITION] This book offers a substantial introduction to the key ideas in leadership in a text that is relatively easy to read by students and which is well structured into clear chapters." - Bob Thomson, Warwick University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

Leadership is supported by online resources and is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

This book is accompanied by online resources featuring:

For students:
- Web links
- Links to feeds from topical journals
- Flashcard glossary
For lecturers:
- PowerPoint slides
- Interactive case studies
- Suggestions for seminar discussions
- Video clips

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