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The book concludes with suggestions that can be immediately utilized in helping to transform our understanding of leadership. He is the author of a number of articles and papers on leadership, politics, and policy making, and consults with organizations on leadership. More similarities in past decades were found than had been thought; the thread throughout Rost's Greenwood Publishing Group Bolero Ozon. Leadership for the Twenty-first Century. An Overview of Leadership Studies. Definitions of Leadership Leadership Definitions The s.

The Nature of Leadership. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Do not hesitate for a second to buy this book Wake up to the very important fact that if you are someone who believes you or someone else is a "great leader," you are, not only kidding yourself, but you are robbing yourself and those with you or your true contributions, experience, satisfaction, and motivations by giving it all to your "great leader" or selfishly keeping it for yourself, whereby taking it from others. This book will shake up your entire understanding of this thing called "leadership," if you have the courage and open-mind to think differently.

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Use caution if not for pleasure reading. Rost was a theorist and teacher who started the leadership studies program at the University of San Diego. His understanding of the literature is exhaustive, and in this work he analyzes most of the work on leadership written between and His book is intended for serious academic students of leadership who are troubled by the lack of a clear definition of what "leadership studies" is or constitutes.

After reviewing the literature, Rost concluded that the 20th century was dominated by what he called an "industrial paradigm" that defined leadership as "good management" p. This explanation provided coherence to an otherwise confusing array of leadership theories like the "great man," traits, situational, and so forth, which, Rost contended, described management but not leadership.

Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

His 21st century definition, which he labeled the "post-industrial paradigm," defined leadership as "an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes" p. Rost's work has great importance in the field of leadership studies if the field is going to be a social science that conducts research in a positivist tradition. Rost's distinction between the definitions of leadership and management quoted above is his key contribution to the field, which he summarized in the following table in order to highlight the contrasting elements in each p.

Although compliance is a necessary feature of most organizations, coercion is antithetical to servant leadership. Rost summarized what he saw as the two key differences between leadership and management this way. These distinctions harmonize with the general thrust of servant leadership as a transformational rather than transactional leadership style Burns, The difference is that leadership is an influence relationship and management is an authority relationship.

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The differences in these two kinds of relationships have to do with 1 use of coercion and 2 directionality of the attempts to impact on people. Influence requires that coercion not be used, at least as a regular and patterned form of behavior. Authority allows the use of coercion as a regular and patterned form of behavior. Attempts to influence other people in a leadership relationship are multidirectional. Leaders influence other leaders and followers while followers influence other followers and leaders.

Attempts to use authority in a managerial relationship are unidirectional and top-down.


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Managers use authority to impact on subordinates, who then respond to the authoritative directive, producing the two-way relationship. While there may be more democratic relationships between managers and subordinates these days, the basic and fundamental relationship remains top-down. Overall, Rost's book is essential for scholars of servant leadership to read because it proposed that leadership is fundamentally a process of influence. A great book on how leadership is changing in the 21st century. As a scholar and practitioner of leadership, I was a student of Joe Rost for several years at the University of San Diego.

I had the luxury of being in the author's class on leadership -- and was guided, painfully at times, down the path of knowledge, toward the light of understanding.

We were required to read several other "leadership" books, many of which have received high marks from outside readers on their "readability" -- and, inversely, low marks from those of us in Rost's class that understood their purposful seduction away from scholarly understanding toward a "feel good" or "cook book" approach so many other authors have used quite successfully though do no justice to our desire for understanding.

Read this book if you dare to try and understand the depth and complexity of leadership studies. It is a ride that requires one to put away ALL preconceptions of what one may believe leadership is It is a true seminal work on leadership, one to place along side of MacGregor Burns' "Leadership". Start with this book for scholarly work in leadership studies.

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