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[Ebook PDF] Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success, 1st Edition.
An introductory leadership textbook that guides students through the concept of leadership by design, a theory that involves planning each step of their leadership development, focusing on practical skills and valuable attributes that will maximize their leadership success now and into the future.
Organized around five major design challenges, each challenge is explored in a stand-alone module. Students begin the leadership journey with themselves, understanding their own strengths, styles, and skills. The text moves on to relationships, exploring how leadership is a process that involves values, decision-making, motivation, and power. A module on others’ success unpacks the most effective practices of leadership and management, this is followed by a module on leading culture, teams, and community, before concluding with a section on how leaders can create lasting, positive change.
The book covers foundational leadership topics with a strong emphasis on skill building and helping develop CORE competencies: confidence, optimism, resiliency, and engagement. Students are encouraged to develop these skills through experiential learning, with multiple features in each chapter such as reflective and scenario-based exercises, and case studies of internationally recognized companies like Amazon and Proctor & Gamble, along with interviews with Fortune 500 Company CEOs.
There are online resources for instructors and students, which include: Test bank, PowerPoint slides, an instructor manual, teaching tips, answers to in-text questions, multimedia resources, quiz questions, and flashcards.
Suitable reading for first- and second-year undergraduates on Leadership, Introduction to Leadership, and Leading Organizations courses
One way or another, we are all impacted by leaders and leadership.
Individuals in leadership positions influence our life every day by the decisions they make, the behaviors they model and encourage, the way in which they influence others, the values and vision they hold, and the culture they foster. All of these leadership activities can be positive, supportive, life affirming; negative, repressive, selfish; or anything in between. Within this incredibly complex, interconnected world, those leader behaviors directly and indirectly impact our life, our perspective, and even our aspirations.
Leadership matters, and the behavior of a leader is both impactful and far-reaching. Leadership matters. Leadership educators know this, and so do experienced leaders. Traditional leadership education has become considerably more interactive and experiential in and out of the classroom. Yet students often struggle to organize the many pieces of leadership knowledge, overlook key lessons from an experience, and default to prior patterns of behavior they rationalize as leadership. Out of the classroom, talented individuals are promoted to leadership positions where they are surprised to find that they are facing an entirely different set of challenges . . . and they too do not know where to begin learning about leadership.
Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success provides a practical, engaging foundation and framework for individuals to purposefully design leadership. It is a core textbook for undergraduate or graduate students from any discipline seeking a framework and foundation upon which to build as their experience and future leadership learning continue. The textbook is also ideal for aspiring or new leaders outside the classroom—those who have found themselves with a real, immediate need to understand and apply leadership in their context.
What does one need to know, or be able to do, or be like to effectively engage in leadership? The answer to that question highlights the greatest challenge to leadership educators. Effective leadership is complex and situational—it depends on the specific person serving as the positional leader —his or her strengths, tendencies, style, perspective, values, and reputation, and how he or she is perceived by others. Effective leadership depends on the followers and their characteristics; on the specific organization and its vision, mission, and culture; on the specific challenges currently facing the
organization: on the specific social and political culture within which the organization must operate; and on the norms, values, and tools of the current times.
Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success uses a simple, powerful leadership definition as the backbone of the entire textbook—the process of influencing others toward a common vision. Each element of this definition drives the purposeful design of leadership. Many existing sources offer valuable insights relative to these many variables influencing leadership. A seemingly endless stream of leadership books, courses, consultants, coaches, workshops, blogs, and other sources provide a wide array of good advice. Without a foundation and framework, however, these valuable resources can be overwhelming. When people are overwhelmed, they default to established patterns, try to simplify, or walk away.