The Leadership Library

Effective leadership is one of those areas where we "know a great" deal, and we know next to nothing.

Leadership Success A Multi-Headed Beast

One reason we have so many leadership models, and so much advice on the topic is that, quite simply, there isn't ONE way to lead effectively. In fact there are as many ways to leadership success as there are contexts, because ultimately leadership that works is context specific. There are so many variables that affect what kind of leadership works in any specific situation that the best way to prepare as a leader is to understand as many leadership models and approaches as you can, then adapt on the fly.

Our Handpicked Leadership Models and Help

To help you in your quest for leadership excellence, we've been collecting hand selected articles, tips and even self-assessment instruments so you can sample and learn from a number of sources.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you find some valuable ideas here. But one thing:

Don't expect to find THE WAY. Take what makes sense, and apply it to each leadership situation you enter into..

Leadership Learning and Development Library Categories:

Assembling A Leadership Team (17)
If you think a leadership teams will work well in your organization, this category can help you build and develop cohesive and productive leadership teams.
Authentic Leadership (15) new
Authentic leadership, an approach that is linked to humanistic psychology, is based on the idea that leaders are effective by being true to themselves, and being open and authentic with others.
Books For Leaders (55)
We recommend books for leaders, and prospective leaders to help in leadership development. Organized by topic
(Motivating Employees Books) (Dealing With Change Books) (Diversity and Multiculturalism Books) (Strategic Planning Suggested Books) (Ethical Leadership Books) (Performance Management Books) (Suggested Leadership Books) (Suggested Management Books)
Business And Industry Leadership Challenges (7)
This category offers some insight into the challenges for business and industry leaders. You can learn how some of the great leaders learned their leadership lessons. Let these entries inspire you and help you solve future dilemmas.
Change Leadership (44) new
Leadership is a critical component that determines whether organizational changes are implemented successfully, and affects how organizations deal with changes and crises imposed upon them.
(Downsizing And Layoff Challenges)
Character Based Leadership (7)
Collaborative Leadership (10) new
Perhaps one of the lesser known approaches to leadership, collaborative leadership ties in to sharing of power, interdependence of people, and a lot more. More in this section.
Defining Attributes Of Excellent Leaders (46) new
Are there certain characteristics and attributes that great leaders share? This collection of material describes the various qualities that describe excellent leaders. Learn the difference between knowing how to lead and actually effectively leading a team, a department, or an organization.
Education and School Leadership (7)
Nothing is more important to the success of our children and our educational systems, than effective and strong education and school leadership. Here we deal with the issues school administrators and school board officials face in terms of leadership.
Employee Empowerment (5)
Employee empowerment is one of those phrases that pops up, related to leadership, employee engagement, etc. Often the discussions about it are divorced from reality.
Employee Engagement and Leadership (11) new
It's probably the buzz phrase of the 2000's - employee engagement. Many claim it's the key to productivity, and that leadership is a key component. Here we'll include literature about leadership and its role with EE (Employee Engagement).
Ethical Leadership (30) new
Are there codes of conduct associated with a leadership role? You can learn about leadership ethics and develop your own theories about the commonalities of ethical leadership within the role and perhaps within different environments.
Faith Based Leadership (2)
Faith based leadership refers to the process of considering leadership in the light of one's religious, spiritual or faith related beliefs. You'll find more on these pages if you are interested.
Information Technology Leadership Challenges (5)
Certainly leaders in the Information Technology industry face challenges unparalleled in any other business environment. You can discover how to effectively implement IT resources. Many of the unique leadership skills and talents requiring development and training are discussed within this collection.
Leaders Developing Other Leaders (11) new
A good leader of leaders should be able to recognize the formal leaders and the informal leaders within their organization, and create new leaders from within. Leaders can do leadership development with their staff.
Leadership Assessments and Quizzes (18) new
Looking to assess your own leadership abilities or leadership style? Or to explore ways of identifying future leaders for development? Start here.
Leadership Development And Training (12) new
Formal and informal leaders, as well as new and seasoned leaders should be cognizant of good leadership training and development standards. This material will help you to determine your corporation's leadership training needs whether you wish to develop future leaders or to keep your seasoned leaders up-to-date with the latest in leadership trends.
Leadership During A Crisis (44)
Leading during tough times or during a crisis taxes even the best leaders but leaders are remembered for their ability to lead under fire. Here's help.
Leadership In Education (19) new
There is probably no more difficult task than being a leader or in a leadership position in education or in school systems.
Leadership In Government (6)
Leadership is a challenge in any field, but perhaps it's even more difficult within the public or civil service. In this section we focus on leadership, case studies, etc within the context of government and public service and public sector.
Leadership In Non Profits (17) new
Non profit and not for profit leaders have some unique situations and challenges to face. The focus on this section is the skills, tactics and strategies required to lead successfully in non profits and charities.
Leadership Models and Theories (4)
Perhaps the reason there are so many models and leadership models and theories is that we really don't know much about the whole process of leading and following, but it's a fascinating and important topic. Here we'll provide links to articles on models and theories of leadership.
Leadership Role Models Legends (5)
We can learn from the leaders well regarded in history, whether they come from politics, social activism, the corporate world and even sports. Here you'll find examination of famous leaders.
Leadership Self-Development (35) new
Want to take control and responsibility over your development as a leader? You should, since that'a primary characteristic of effective leaders. Here's material to help.
Leadership Styles (21)
A popular topic, leadership styles refers to all of the different ways one can lead in any environment. Here's more on the topic.
Leadership and Communication (33) new
Probably every famous revered leader in history had superior communication skills. This section is about communication skills for leaders
(Delivering Bad News)
Leading Without Formal Authority (10)
Leaders don't have to have formal power, authority and positions. Informal leaders can exert strong positive effects without these. Learn more
Management Gurus and Heros (48)
Learn from the acknowledged leaders and great minds in the fields of management, business and psychology. Biographical information indexed by name, along with key guru written articles.
(Drucker Peter) (Collins Jim) (Mintzberg Henry) (Argyris Chris) (Kanter Rosabeth Moss) (Welch Jack) (Handy Charles) (McGregor Douglas) (Herzberg Frederick) (Peters Tom) (Senge Peter) (Maslow Abraham) (Bennis Warren)
Motivational Leadership (28)
A good leader knows that not all people are motivated equally. For instance, not everyone is motivated by an increase in pay. Find out how to motivate the individuals you lead. Plenty of great ideas for implementing motivation programs in your organization.
Non-Profits Leadership (1)
Leadership within the context of non-profits is decidely different than that which is required in commercial ventures. Here's the scoop on non-profits.
Power and Influence (5)
There are relationships and links between power, influence and leadership, but they aren't simple. What are they? That is what this section is about.
Psychology Of Leadership (4)
What do we know from the field of Psychology about the thinking and actions of effective leaders? That's the focus of this section.
Research On Leadership (6)
Leadership has been an ongoing topic for research for a very long time, but it is debatable as to whether anything definitive has emerged. Here we'll cover leadership research.
Self-Leadership (8)
Self-Leadership may seem like an oxymoron, but it's a common term used in the leadership literature. Learn more about the process of leading oneself in this section.
Servant Leadership (9)
Servant leadership is a philosophy and practice of leadership, coined and defined by Robert Greenleaf and supported by many leadership and management writers such as James Autry, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Peter Block, Peter Senge, Max DePree, Larry Spears, Margaret Wheatley, Jim Hunter, Kent Keith, Ken Jennings and others. Servant-leaders achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. Servant-leaders are often seen as humble stewards of their organization's resources (human, financial and physical).
Situational Leadership (1)
The situational leadership model was developed by Blanchard and Hersey and highlight the importance of using various approaches to leading, depending on the "situation". In my view, one of the most powerful ways to think about leadership, that takes into account, the reality that no one way of leading works across the board.
Systems Thinking and System Dynamics (4)
Western society tends to break things down into parts to understand them, but that process doesn't reflect the reality and complexity of how things work in real life. Thinking in systems and understanding system dynamics is a way to approach problems and process differently.
Team Leadership (27)
Teams in a work setting are proven effective as a source of innovation and high output. Team leaders can develop their leadership skills by reading the material within this category.
(Understanding Teams)
Transformational and Transactional Leadership (5)
Two different models or theories of leadership that occupy opposite ends of the leadership spectrum. Learn about their meaning, and relative value.
Transitional Leadership (8)
What do you do to manage the process of transition in leadership? Here's a starting point.
Trust and Leadership (8) new
Trust and leadership go hand in hand since followers will tend to follow trusted leaders while rejecting untrusted ones. This section focuses on this critical issue.
Vision Goals and Leadership (10)
It's been said that a prime function of leaders is to create a common vision for followers, and align employees to achieve commonly held goals. Here we look at this power of vision and goals related to leadership.
Women As Leaders (27) new
Despite societal changes, women face unique challenges and issues when they aspire to and undertake leadership roles. Here's information on the topic
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There are 820 leadership development resources for you to choose from!

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