Chapter 1

Concepts of Leadership

Cynthia D. McCauley

In This Chapter

  • The common elements in current conceptualizations of leadership.
  • Some pitfalls to avoid in your conceptualization of leadership.
  • Emerging concepts of leadership.


Given the attention that people give to the topic of leadership, the multiple disciplines that contribute to the understanding of leadership, and the plethora of models put forth to improve the practice of leadership, you might expect the field to be fragmented and full of disparate ideas. On the surface, you can find plenty of evidence to support this view: multiple competing leadership models, research ...

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