The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 1296 pages
For thirty-three years and through three editions, Bass & Stogdill's Handbook of Leadership has been the indispensable bible for every serious student of leadership. Since the third edition came out in 1990, the field of leadership has expanded by an order of magnitude. This completely revised and updated fourth edition reflects the growth and changes in the study of leadership over the past seventeen years, with new chapters on transformational leadership, ethics, presidential leadership, and executive leadership. Throughout the Handbook, the contributions from cognitive social psychology and the social, political, communications, and administrative sciences have been expanded.

As in the third edition, Bernard Bass begins with a consideration of the definitions and concepts used, and a brief review of some of the betterknown theories. Professor Bass then focuses on the personal traits, tendencies, attributes, and values of leaders and the knowledge, intellectual competence, and technical skills required for leadership. Next he looks at leaders' socioemotional talents and interpersonal competencies, and the differences in these characteristics in leaders who are imbued with ideologies, especially authoritarianism, Machiavellianism, and self-aggrandizement. A fuller examination of the values, needs, and satisfactions of leaders follows, and singled out for special attention are competitiveness and the preferences for taking risks. In his chapters on personal characteristics, Bass examines the esteem that others generally accord to leaders as a consequence of the leaders' personalities.

The many theoretical and research developments about charisma over the past thirty years are crucial and are explored here in depth. Bass has continued to develop his theory of transformational leadership -- the paradigm of the last twenty years -- and he details how it makes possible the inclusion of a much wider range of phenomena than when theory and modeling are limited to reinforcement strategies. He also details the new incarnations of transformational leadership since the last edition.

Bass has greatly expanded his consideration of women and racial minorities, both of whom are increasingly taking on leadership roles.

A glossary is included to assist specialists in a particular academic discipline who may be unfamiliar with terms used in other fields.

Business professors and students, executives in every industry, and politicians at all levels have relied for years on the time-honored guidance and insight afforded by the Handbook.
 

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Contents

Initiation versus Consideration
PART V
Their Social Interaction
Transformational Leadership
Leadership
Managerial Work
Strategic and Executive Leadership
Environment and Organizational Effects

Traits of Leadership 19702006
Summary and Conclusions
Activity Level
Authoritarianism Power Orientation Machiavellianism and Leadership
Values SelfEsteem WellBeing and Leadership
Ethics and Leadership
Leadership and Accorded Status Esteem and Trust
Power and Leadership
Power and Emergence as a Leader
Leadership and the Distribution of Power
Resolution of Conflict
Summary and Conclusions
Reinforcement and Instrumental Leadership
Followers and Mutual Influence on Leadership
Autocratic versus Democratic Leadership
Antecedent Conditions That Moderate the Effects of Autocratic
Directive versus Participative Leadership
Task versus Relations Orientation
Leadership in Groups and Teams
Effects of Task and Technology
Stress Effects
Effects of Space Virtuality and Substitutes for Leadership
Transfer and Succession
Women as Leaders and Followers
Minorities as Leaders and Followers
Globalization and CrossNational Effects
Universality
PART VIII
Assessment Appraisal and Selection
Looking Ahead
About the Author
References
Subject Index
Author Index
Copyright

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Dr. Bernard M. Bass was Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Management at Binghamton University and director of the Center for Leadership studies. Since 1946, he has published more than four hundred journal articles and twenty-six books concentrating on leadership, behavior, and international management. Dr. Bass has consulted and conducted training for many of the Fortune 500 firms and conducted workshops in more than forty countries. He was founding editor of The Leadership Quarterly.

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