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Third Edition

Marian Iszatt-White and Christopher Saunders

Publication Date - 07 July 2020

ISBN: 9780198834298

384 pages
9.2 x 6.1 inches

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Written by an author team from one of Europe's leading management schools, Leadership encourages critical appraisal of the mainstream viewpoints and personal reflection on leadership experience in a way that is both clear and highly engaging.

Divided into four parts, the book brings together core themes and debates within the field and provides a wealth of diverse real-world case studies to help readers make the transition from theory to practice. The first part of the book, 'Defining the Terrain', lays the foundation for subsequent chapters by exploring what we mean by leadership, how it compares to management, and why we study it. The second and third parts of the book build on this, addressing core topics that have shaped leadership thinking for academics and practitioners over the last fifty years; as well as considering the cutting-edge debates within the field and tackling issues such as leadership-as-practice, strategic leadership, ethical leadership, and leading change. Finally, the fourth part, 'Developing Leaders', explores traditional and state-of-the-art development techniques, before encouraging the reader to consider their own leadership through identity work. Leadership mappings in the final chapter assimilate the range of theories and themes from the previous chapters, providing a framework for comparisons and connections throughout the book.

In addition to the book's thematic approach, carefully designed learning features invite readers to exercise critical thinking skills and develop their own practice and perspectives on the material presented.

This book has dedicated online resources, which include:

Student resources:
Web links to related sites
Links to feeds from topical journals
Online glossary

Lecturer resources:
Integrative case studies
PowerPoint slides
Suggestions for discussion points
Video clips of inspirational speeches and discussions on leadership

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.
  • The content is now further balanced to reflect both 'good' and 'bad' leadership, with a new chapter on followership, bad, and toxic 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.
  • Revised case studies throughout now include contemporary figures, bodies and companies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, BP, Ray Kelvin, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Theresa May.


  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Marian Iszatt-White, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Management School,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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2014
March 2017

Table of Contents

    Part 1 - Defining the terrain
    1. Why study leadership
    2. Leadership, management and strategy
    3. Leadership, power and influence
    4. Critical approaches
    Part 2 - Essentialist approaches
    5. Born versus made
    6. Transformational & charismatic
    7. Leading teams and leading change
    8. Authentic leadership
    Part 3 - Relational approaches
    9. Leaders and leading
    10. Social construction of leadership
    11. Leadership as practice
    12. Responsible leadership for a sustainable world
    13. Followership
    Part 4 - Developing leaders: developing as a leader
    14. Leadership development
    15. Leadership identities

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