Leadership: A Communication Perspective by Craig E. Johnson, Michael Z. Hackman
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A Communication Perspective
Seventh Edition
Leadership: A Communication Perspective has been at the forefront of university and college leadership courses for nearly three decades, providing a compelling, authoritative introduction to leadership as a communication-based activity. The new edition continues the tradition of excellence with an up-to-date treatment of theory and research combined with practical, real-world advice for improving communication competence and leadership effectiveness.

Relevant: The authors profile contemporary leaders and organizations like Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Zappos’ Tony Hsieh, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Uber, The Container Store, Airbnb, Chipotle, the Waffle House, Nordstrom, and Google. Their presentation balances current scholarship and trends with historical perspectives to provide a fuller understanding of the study and practice of leadership.

Comprehensive: Leadership and followership are examined in multiple contexts, including organizational leadership, public leadership, and leadership in groups and teams. Topics new to this edition include transcendent followership, the leadership skills approach, team coaching, escalation of commitment, invisible leadership, cultural intelligence, trigger events, and resilience.

Self-Assessments measure readers’ perceptions of personal leadership skills, communication style, cultural intelligence, motivation to lead, and more.
Case Studies examine leadership situations and pose thoughtful questions that prompt students to apply their experiences and understandings.
Research Highlights summarize seminal and recent scholarship.
Chapter Takeaways reinforce important concepts and action steps.
Application Exercises offer abundant opportunities to explore, practice, and reflect on chapter content.
Cultural Connections discuss leadership expectations and behaviors in other cultures.
Leadership on the Big Screen correlates chapter concepts with the themes of popular films and documentaries.
Table of Contents
1. Leadership and Communication
Leadership: At the Core of Human Experience / Defining Leadership / Viewing Leadership from a Communication Perspective

2. Leadership and Followership Communication Styles
The Dimensions of Leadership Communication Style / Authoritarian, Democratic, and Laissez-Faire Leadership / Task and Interpersonal Leadership / Follower Communication Styles / Communication Styles, Information Processing, and Identity

3. Traits, Situational, Functional, Skills, and Relational Leadership
Understanding and Explaining Leadership / The Traits Approach to Leadership / The Situational Approach to Leadership / The Functional Approach to Leadership / The Skills Approach to Leadership / The Relational Approach to Leadership

4. Transformational and Charismatic Leadership
The Transformational Approach to Leadership / The Characteristics of Transformational Leadership / Perspectives on Charisma / Transformational and Charismatic Leadership: Interchangeable or Distinct? / Alternative Approaches to Outstanding Leadership

5. Leadership and Power
Power: Mixed Emotions / Power and Leadership / Deciding Which Types of Power to Use / Engaging in Constructive Organizational Politics / Powerful and Powerless Talk / Empowerment

6. Leadership and Influence
Credibility: The Key to Successful Influence / Compliance-Gaining Strategies / Developing Argumentative Competence / The Leader as Negotiator / Resisting Influence: Defending against the Power of Mental Shortcuts

7. Leadership in Groups and Teams
Fundamentals of Group Interaction / Emergent Leadership / Leadership in Meetings / Group Decision Making / Team Leadership

8. Leadership in Organizations
The Leader as Culture Maker / The Leader as Strategist / The Leader as Sensemaker / Intergroup Leadership / The Power of Expectations: The Pygmalion Effect

9. Public Leadership
The Power of Public Leadership / Leading Public Opinion through Public Relations / Influencing Audiences through Public Address / Persuasive Campaigns / Collaborative (Integrative) Leadership

10. Leadership and Diversity
Managing Diversity—The Core of Leadership / Understanding Cultural Differences / Fostering Diversity / The Gender Leadership Gap: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Avoiding the Glass Cliff, and Navigating the Labyrinth

11. Ethical Leadership and Followership
The Importance of Ethics / The Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow / Components of Ethical Behavior / Ethical Perspectives / Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Followership

12. Leader and Leadership Development
Leader Development: A Lifelong Journey / A Proactive Approach to Leader Development / Leadership Development as an Internal Process / Leadership Transitions

13. Leadership in Crisis
The Crucible of Crisis / Anatomy of a Crisis / Crisis Leadership / Extreme Leadership