Introduction: Leadership in Five Parts

Michael G. Rumsey

in The Oxford Handbook of Leadership

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398793
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Introduction: Leadership in Five Parts

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This chapter addresses the multiple perspectives on leadership. Advancing the notion of each perspective adds to the understanding of the complex phenomenon of leadership. The concept of leadership is enlaced with the concept of power, but is in many ways more sublime, profound, and significant than power. Context can help determine the nature of the leadership phenomenon. It is noted that the issue of culture plays a striking role in the leadership phenomenon. Leaders in an educational environment have multiple role demands. Moreover, transformational leadership integrates leader charisma as one of “four behavioral components of the leader.” In general, leadership research has come a long way, but its progress has not always been smooth. Advances have not always built on previous advances, but have often veered off in new directions.

Keywords: power; culture; leaders; transformational leadership; leadership research; charisma

Article.  4911 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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