Essay on Gary Yukl's Leadership in Organizations

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Gary Yukl's Leadership in Organizations Gary Yukl is Professor of Management and Leadership at the State University of New York in Albany, and a board member of the Leadership Quarterly journal. He is a well-known scholar and author on leadership. Leadership in Organizations was first published in 1981. This fifth edition was published in 2002, and the formerly 19 chapters have been consolidated into 15 (which includes a new chapter on ethical leadership and diversity). This has been done in order to accommodate a 15-week course. Each chapter covers a particular aspect of leadership research study, with a concluding summary and questions for further discussion. Key terms are highlighted, and there is at least one case…show more content…
The research approaches are broadly outlined in terms of the characteristics of a leader, a follower, and the situation. The research theories have been classified into the five approaches of trait, behaviour, power-influence, situational and integrative, which are further conceptualised as intra-individual, dyadic, group and organisational processes. Yukl looks at each of the research theories on the basis of a continuum covering the following distinctions: leader- versus follower-centred, descriptive versus prescriptive, and universal versus contingency (situational). The focus throughout is on leadership in large organisations, which means that many of the research areas studied include the leadership roles undertaken by those in managerial positions © National College for School Leadership 2003 2 in all levels of an organisation and not just those at the top of the organisation. The nature and roles of managerial work are covered in Chapter 2. Effective leadership, participation and empowerment Extensive research has been undertaken on leadership behaviour since the 1950s. This has divided into three areas: task-oriented, relation-oriented and participative leadership. The thousands of studies undertaken over this 50-year period, mostly through
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