This second edition of A Practitioner’s Guide to Leadership begins with the immutable foundations of leadership development from the original 2008 first edition. It includes a slightly expanded treatment of leadership theories; and retains the original principles of leadership, leadership traits and the discussion of the difference between leaders and managers.
Author Shoop also includes a new section in this edition, on the need for an expanded leader portfolio of skills and knowledge — informed from a survey of CEOs by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Another new section on environmental trends follows it — one that includes relevant environmental data from the most recent IEEE Change Drivers report, that inform and influence organizations, and those who lead them.
The remainder of the book retains the practical examples of team composition and diversity; understanding individual and group dynamics; and finally, meetings.
This second edition is an expanding compilation of insights from numerous scholarly references, as well as the author’s personal leadership experiences.
Like the first edition, this book is not intended to be exhaustive in its coverage, but instead to provide a starting point for those interested in becoming more effective leaders — by stimulating thought, motivating practice, and inspiring reflection.