* What are the relevant personality and motivational traits of good (and bad) leaders?
* Do leaders possess different types of intellectual capacities?
* How do effective leaders behave and what kinds of people follow them?
* What are the contextual/situational factors that give rise to leaders?
* How is leadership influenced by gender, cultural differences, and social networks?
Professor Michael Mumford is one of the leading researchers on the topic of leadership and organizational behavior. Mumford discusses the predominant topics and approaches to studying leadership research, including a review of research on leader traits and behaviors, situational influences on leadership, the way in which leaders think, and outstanding leadership. The text concludes with a discussion of emergent topics in the field. Embedded in each chapter is information related to improving or developing leadership through the topics discussed.
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* An Introduction to the history of leadership, extant definitions, assumptions, theories and methods of study
* Examines emergent topics in the field
* Offers topical applications for improving and developing leadership
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About the Author
is the George Lynn Cross Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma where he directs the center for applied social research. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1983 in the fields of industrial and organizational psychology and psychometrics. Dr. Mumford is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 3, 5, and 14), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Society. He has written more than 200 articles on creativity, innovation, planning, leadership, and ethics. He serves as senior editor of the Leadership Quarterly and is on the editorial boards of the Creativity Research Journal, the Journal of Creative Behavior, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Dr. Mumford has served as principal investigator on grants totaling more than $25 million from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State. He is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace. Dr. Mumford's professional interests lie in the assessment and development of high level talent. His current research focuses on four specific areas: the identification and measurement of creative thinking skills; successful leadership skills in dynamic organizational settings; the relationship between work place structure and skill growth and development; and the application of life history as a tool for understanding career development.