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Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Differenceby Susan R Komives
Synopses & Reviews
This is the thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the best-selling book Exploring Leadership. The book is designed to help college students understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and to guide them in developing their leadership potential.
Exploring Leadership incorporates new insights and material developed in the course of the authors' work in the field. The second edition contains expanded and new chapters and also includes the relational leadership model, uses a more global context and examples that relate to a wide variety of disciplines, contains a new section which emphasizes ways to work to accomplish change, and concludes with concrete strategies for activism.
Praise for the First Edition
"My students have been searching for a leadership book that they don't have to translate to their experiences. At last, here is a book that integrates cutting-edge ideas of leadership with examples and stories from college students."
—Kathleen E. Allen, senior fellow, Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland
"As a long-time teacher of leadership courses, I know that my students will resonate with Exploring Leadership. The book presents a well-developed analysis of both the 'how' and the 'why' of leadership as a relational process and also challenges student readers to think about how they might practice leadership throughout their lives."
—Sara A. Boatman, vice president for student affairs, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Book News Annotation:
Komives (college student personnel graduate program, U. of Maryland, College Park) et al. describe how college students can use their experience to understand leadership. They use a combination of psychological and educational approaches to emphasize self-awareness as well as understanding leadership in the context of others. Themes in the book involve leadership for a changing world; relationships as a foundation; groups, organizations, and communities; understanding change and how to make a difference; and personal renewal. This edition has been expanded and has new chapters on change and strategies and developing a leadership identity. It includes the relational model and uses a more global context and multidisciplinary examples. Names and subjects are indexed. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The second edition builds on the success of the first edition and incorporates new insights and material developed in the course of the authors' work in the field, with their own students and with colleagues who have used the book in their work with students. It includes a new section on Making a Difference with Leadership that discusses how to foster change, and a new chapter on developing leadership identity.
Written in an accessible style, the book can be read by any interested student, but is designed for use in leadership development courses, workshops, and programs on campuses and in youth organizations.
About the Author
"This book is a must for those working with student groups…" (NACADA)
Table of Contents
Part I: Leadership for a Changing World.
1. An Introduction to Leadership.
2. The Changing Nature of Leadership.
3. The Relational Leadership Model.
Part II: Exploring Your Potential for Leadership.
4. Understanding Yourself.
5. Understanding Others.
6. Leading with Integrity and Moral Purpose.
Part III: Context for the Practice of Leadership.
7. Interacting in Teams and Groups.
8. Understanding Complex Organizations.
9. Being in Communities.
10. Renewing Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
Part IV: Making a Difference with Leadership.
11. Understanding Change.
12. Strategies for Change.
Part V: Leadership Development and Renewal.
13. Developing a Leadership Identity.
14. The Mind, Body, and Soul of the Leader.
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