Summary of Leadership

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Leadership book summary
Bright and lively leadership lessons from the world of business scholarship explain that management and leadership are not the same things, that power and influence are not the same things, and that leadership is both a science and an art, which are not the same things at all.


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Can a textbook be delightfully written? This one is. Authors Richard L. Hughes, Robert C. Ginnett, and Gordon J. Curphy explore every aspect of leadership and smoothly weave research conclusions into the narrative. Examples abound, from Colin Powell to Walt Disney. The authors are all psychologists who specialize in leadership issues. They have written conversationally and intelligently, using plenty of sidebar material (even famous cartoons) to bring their reporting to life. recommends this classic (now in its third edition) to everyone interested in leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the term “born leader” is a misnomer;
  • Why some people are leaders and others prefer to follow; and
  • Why a leader who lacks character will ultimately damage your organization.


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About the Authors

Richard Hughes is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. Robert Ginnett, a psychologist with a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University, was a tenured professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Both are former faculty members at the U.S. Air Force Academy who are now based at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gordon Curphy, a psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, manages Personnel Decision, Inc., a psychologically based management consulting firm in Denver, Colorado.

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