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The Practice of Leadership

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

(15th annual Kravis-de Roulet Leadership conference proceedings)

Edited by Jay A. Conger and Ronald E. Riggio

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“Jay Alden Conger and Ronald Riggio have brought together a galaxy of sophisticated yet practical experts on leadership, stressing both the complexity and indispensability of both transactional and transforming leadership, with the blessing of the pioneering student of leadership, Bernie Bass.”

James MacGregor Burns, professor emeritus, Williams College, and Pulitzer Prize winner

This book includes contributions from top scholars who outline the best leadership practices for the benefit of the practicing leader. Each chapter focuses on a specific area of leadership practice and ends with a set of “take away” best practices in each area–an executive summary in reverse–that will serve as a quick reference for those who might want to peruse chapters, but still extract the best practices, as well as a summary for those who thoroughly read each chapter. The goal of this edited volume is to draw upon the breadth and depth of research on leadership to inform the practice of leadership. We have engaged the leading scholar in critical areas of leadership – from leader selection and development to the assessment of leadership to leadership at the top of organizations to team leadership to leading change – to summarize the relevant research and extract a set of best practices for use by practitioners. These chapters are the collected, reviewed, and edited works emanating from our 15th annual Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference, “Best Practices in Leadership,” held in February of 2005, at Claremont McKenna College. The audience for this book will be the “sophisticated” practitioner of leadership – the individual who keeps abreast of the most recent developments in scholarship in leadership – as well as scholars and students of leadership.