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Thinking about Leadership
Leadership is essential to collective human endeavor, from setting and accomplishing goals for a neighborhood block association, to running a Fortune 500 company, to mobilizing the energies of a nation. Political philosophers have focused largely on how to prevent leaders from abusing their power, yet little attention has been paid to what it actually feels like to hold po ...more
ebook, 280 pages
Published October 11th 2010 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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I read this book alongside two different classes in college. It is extremely helpful in thinking about leadership in today's day and age. I especially appreciated the chapter about gender and leadership, it was the most interesting and detailed part of the book. The ideas about the similarities and differences in leadership and power are also fascinating. I would definitely recommend. Now, I am a teacher and I find this book just as helpful in thinking about leading my classroom as teaching manu ...more
As a political theorist and former Duke University president, Keohane offers a really interesting lens on leadership that combines her personal experience with plausible, easily digestable philosophy. Yes, followers DO matter...a lot! The gender of a leader matters too, but not in the way we think it does. The very notion of *democratic* leadership presents a "conundrum," but there are ways to placate popular sovereignty and maintain an effective executive. Synthesizing historical examples of Th ...more