Chapter 2. Leadership as Persuasionand Adaptation

Julia T. Wood

Group leadership has been of interest to scholars and practitioners in the social sciences since people first began studying their own behaviors. A great deal of attention has been directed toward questions such as "What are the characteristics of task leaders?," "What are the variables that affect the emergence and maintenance of leadership in problem-solving groups?," and "What is the best method of training leaders?" As a result of the many different orientations, however, there is a lack of consistency in research findings about leadership. No one really seems to know what "good leadership" is (Lumsden, 1974). Nevertheless, it is essential to understand the nature of leadership ...

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