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Table of Contents

Preface About the Author 1. Understanding Leadership 2. Recognizing Your Traits 3. Engaging People's Strengths 4. Understanding Philosophy and Styles 5. Attending to Tasks and Relationships 6. Developing Leadership Skills 7. Creating a Vision 8. Establishing a Constructive Climate 9. Listening to Out-Group Members 10. Handling Conflict 11. Addressing Ethics in Leadership 12. Overcoming Obstacles Glossary Index

About the Author

Peter G. Northouse is a professor emeritus of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 25 years he taught leadership and interpersonal and organizational communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals he is the author of Leadership: Theory and Practice (9th ed.) and Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice (5th ed.) and co-author of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (3rd ed.). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and master's and bachelor's degrees in communication education from Michigan State University.


"The Northouse text offers students and faculty an appropriate text for a Leadership survey course. Students will greatly benefit from the text's ability to apply the concepts of leadership to their individual lives." -- Jane Murtaugh
"The interactive activities bring the book to life. The clear, consistent structure facilitates navigation and supports learning." -- Peter Hammond
"The Intro to Leadership book + eBook is a winning combination. The explanation of principles is straightforward, the self-assessments are thought-provoking, and the new media tools in the eBook are stimulating" -- Leon Fraser
"A must read for adapting individual strengths to enhance one's leadership capacity" -- James L. Morrison
"Northouse's advice to students on handling conflict is the most immediately practical and useable that I have encountered. This book is highly readable and engages the student immediately." -- Terry Mullins

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