Leadership, as a way of focusing and motivating a group or organization to achieve its aims, is a much discussed but often misunderstood concept. This comprehensive textbook introduces the subject for Masters level students.

Building on the success of the first edition, this text utilises an easy to follow, map-based approach to take the reader on a journey through the various fundamental dilemmas apparent within leadership studies, dilemmas such as:

  • Is a leader born or made?
  • How are tensions between ethical dilemmas and economic self-interest resolved?
  • How does a leader's desire for control balance with the need to empower members of the organization?

Student-friendly features new to this edition include a wealth of leadership cases, videos and web-based content regularly updated, so that the book can be studied in the context of the most pressing contemporary leadership issues.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|19 pages

Leadership Journeys, Dilemmas, and Maps

chapter 2|21 pages

Born or Made?

Dilemmas of Destiny and Development

chapter 4|21 pages


Ancient and Modern Versions

chapter 5|23 pages

Shared Meanings and why Myths Matter

Mapping the Symbolic and the Cultural

chapter 7|23 pages

Strategic Leadership

Do Strategic Leaders Matter?

chapter 9|23 pages

Ethical Dilemmas

chapter 10|23 pages

Creativity and Leadership

Dilemmas of Dreams, Denial, and Change Management

chapter 11|20 pages

Emerging Issues and Dilemmas