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
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
Susan R. Komives
is associate professor and director of the College Student Personnel Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Nance Lucas is the associate dean and associate professor at New Century College at George Mason University and former special assistant to the provost and director of the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.
Timothy R. McMahon is a faculty consultant in the Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon.
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.