Critique on Leadership: A Communication Perspective

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Critique on Leadership: A Communication Perspective
Summary
“Effective leadership is the product of the creation and delivery of inspiring and compelling messages.” (Hackman & Johnson, 2009, p. 336). This book is a comprehensive review of historical insights, current theories and recent research on leadership theories and leadership issues, with an emphasis upon how effective leaders communicate. Leadership: A Communication Perspective is based on the current and somewhat American idea that leadership can be learned and anyone can be a leader. Leadership is viewed as an interaction between leaders and followers, in which shared goals are discovered. Humans are unique in their use of symbols. As leaders, this ability to create
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Hackman and Johnson (2009) provide the needed communication techniques, characteristics and goals to become effective in each of these areas. They also practically provide insight into ineffective techniques, the styles and characteristics that need to change for an individual to effectively lead. After a comprehensive review of historical and current theories, the authors discuss practical implementations of leadership in such areas as diversity, crisis management, and leadership development.
Personal Response Leadership: A Communication Perspective was clear, comprehensive and easy to read. The use of examples of successful leaders who had implemented each theory was inspirational and helped to further explain each theory’s implementation. The use of case studies, self assessments, and application exercises kept the focus on how the reader can change and become a more effective leader. The use of “Spotlight on Technology” and “Leadership on the Big Screen”, kept it interesting and made it more personally applicable. This writer is interested in other cultures and especially enjoyed the sections on “Cultural Connections” with its emphasis upon how cultural values impact the effectiveness of many theories or strategies. By emphasizing the spiritual and ethical dimensions of leadership the book demonstrates that leadership is more than behavior. Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective