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The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power

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Examines a range of theoretical and practical issues that are central to the leadership process, including the nature of group identity, the basis of authority and legitimacy, the dynamics of justice and fairness, the determinants of followership and charisma, and the practice and politics of leadership.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 24th 2010 by Psychology Press (first published February 1st 2008)
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Iain Snelling
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I wouldn't normally include a 'work' book in here but this is an excellent and accessible read that really challenges more popular normative accounts of leadership based on compassion, authentic, or other values. This book shows why the importance of being 'one of us' is influential, which requires 'others', and although many of the examples are from national figures, the implications for leaders in organisations that consist of several groups that work together (for example healthcare where the ...more
Vu Chi
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for everyone

Well-written, lucid, and backed by studies and examples, this is a genuine gem among leadership literatures. I felt awakened and see things differently with much more hope for the future. This should be required reading for all who aspired to make a difference in the world.
Wei Jie
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book on leadership I have read so far.

Rather than focusing on the traits of what makes a good leader which typically most leadership books do, it highlights that good leadership is about the interaction and relationship between the leader, followers, and the group.

Why a leader could perform so well in one setting but poorly in another setting.
Alberto Tebaldi
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good insight about the leaders' psychology. At times a bit repetitive, but an interesting read. ...more
Terhi Lehtola
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The concept of identity leadership well explained and justified by scientific research results. Sometimes too much information on research details for an average reader. Nevertheless, the core idea is essential for successful leadership. A prototypic team member as a leader is much more effective in shaping the identity and goals of a team than someone who tries to direct people from above.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A second read through of this fine book reveals even more insight into the nature of leadership, and perhaps more importantly - followership. The authors, all renowned scholars in the field of leadership studies, provide insight concerning social identity theory, especially how followers and leaders must cohere for "leadership" to occur. Specifically, the discuss the role of identity construction and its role in group success. They also lie bare the pitfalls of leadership - namely that it is a t ...more
George Smith
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This wasn't what I expected at all. I imagined a book that was dry and rather tedious, and really nothing 'new' at all. But I was blown away by the ideas this book contained and also by how accessible and how much sense they made. This was a book that really made me think. ...more
Emmy Lou
This is probably a good leadership textbook or psychological aspects of leadership, but most of it went over my head until we had a further discussion in class.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
First half is first rate and empirically based, while the second half loses steam.
still reading this a lot of self insight
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S. Alexander Haslam (Alex Haslam) is a Professor of Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter.

His research is in the area of social and organisational psychology, exporing issues of stereotyping and prejudice, tyranny and resistance, leadership and power, stress and well-being. This work is informed by, and has contributed to the development of, theory and ideas in

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