The Nature of Organizational Leadership: Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

The Nature of Organizational Leadership: Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

The Nature of Organizational Leadership: Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

The Nature of Organizational Leadership: Understanding the Performance Imperatives Confronting Today's Leaders

Synopsis

The quality of an organization's top leaders is a critical influence on its overall effectiveness and continuing adaptability. Yet little current research examines leadership within the context of organizational structure-such as how leaders influence organizational performance in those key moments when an executive's action is critical to driving the organization forward. This book represents a significant contribution to the literature on leadership, combining a contextual approach to organizational leadership with an in-depth treatment of the cognitive, social, and affective dynamics underlying that leadership. The Nature of Organizational Leadership, using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the work of scholars in both management and psychology, provides a much-needed organizational perspective on the problems confronted by top executive leaders and the requisite behaviors, attributes, and outcomes necessary to lead organizations effectively.

Excerpt

This is the fourteenth book in a series published by Jossey-Bass and initiated by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in 1983. Originally published as the Frontiers of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Series, the series name was changed in 2000 to the Organizational Frontiers Series in order to clarify the identity and mission of the series.

The purpose of the series has been to promote the scientific status of the field. Raymond Katzell first edited the series. He was followed by Irwin Goldstein and Sheldon Zedeck, who proposed and developed this book. As usual, the topics and the book editors are chosen by the editorial board. The series editor and the editorial board then work with the book editor in planning the book and, occasionally, in suggesting and selecting chapter authors and content. During the writing of the book, the series editor works with the editor and the publisher to bring the manuscript to completion.

The success of the series is evident in the high number of sales (now nearly forty thousand). The series books have received excellent reviews, and individual chapters as well as entire books have been cited frequently. A recent symposium at the SIOP annual meeting examined the impact of the series on research and theory in industrial and organizational psychology. And although influence is difficult to track and the books have varied in intent and perceived centrality to the discipline, most participants concluded that the books in this series have exerted a significant impact on research and theory in the field and are regarded as being representative of the best the field has to offer.

This book, edited by Stephen Zaccaro and Richard Klimoski, seeks to move the field forward by integrating literature on the nature of organizational leadership from the strategic management area and the psychological literature. The psychological literature . . .

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