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The Leadership Experience, 5th Edition

  • Richard L. Daft Vanderbilt University
  • ISBN-10: 143904211X  |  ISBN-13: 9781439042113
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
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Equip your students with the critical leadership skills and solid understanding of today’s theory they need to become effective business leaders in today’s turbulent times with Daft’s THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 5E. Acclaimed author Richard Daft helps your students explore the latest thinking in leadership theory and contemporary practices at work within organizations throughout the world. This edition more closely connects theory to recent world events, such as the Wall Street meltdown, ethical scandals, and political turmoil. Students examine emerging topics, including enhancing emotional intelligence, leadership vision and courage, leading virtual teams, and open innovation. Packed with memorable examples and unique insights into actual leadership decisions, this edition now offers full-color visuals to reinforce the book’s engaging presentation. This edition’s proven applications, specifically designed for today’s leadership theory and applications course, and a solid foundation grounded in established scholarly research make the topic of leadership come alive for your students.

Features and Benefits

  • EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISES CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO APPLY CONCEPTS AND ASSESS PERSONAL PROGRESS. Each chapter ends with a "Leadership at Work" experiential exercise that provides additional opportunities for students to face leadership challenges and test their abilities to apply the chapter’s concepts. These proven exercises and feedback questionnaires provide an exceptional tool for students to assess their own personal leadership skills and progress as a developing leader.
  • CHAPTER OPENER AND "IN THE LEAD" MEMORABLE EXAMPLES VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATE CHAPTER THEORIES. Loaded with new, striking examples of leaders in both traditional and contemporary organizations, this edition opens each chapter with an example that launches the chapter’s content. Additional "In the Lead" examples in each chapter spotlight activities within a wide variety of organizations ranging from education, the military and government to businesses and nonprofit groups.
  • "LEADERSHIP BOOKSHELF" REVIEWS MEANINGFUL RESOURCES THAT BUILD UPON CHAPTER CONTENT. To help your students continue their learning beyond the classroom, each chapter highlights a recent book that relates to the chapter’s content. These "Leader’s Bookshelf" features connect your students to the emerging issues and topics of importance that today’s leaders are researching and discussing, whether in academia, business, military, or nonprofit organizations.
  • "LEADER’S SELF-INSIGHTS" ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO EXAMINE PERSONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS. As your students progress through your course, these engaging "Leader’s Self-Insight" boxes encourage each of them to pause for a meaningful self-assessment of their personal abilities and aptitude for leadership. Students experience leadership issues in a personal way as they complete questionnaires, scenarios, and carefully selected activities.
  • "CONSIDER THIS!" FEATURES PROVIDE MEMORABLE INSIGHTS INTO LEADERSHIP TOPICS. Your students will remember key points as "Consider This!" boxes within each chapter offer personal and compelling pieces of timeless wisdom or inspiring quotes from famous leaders. This novel, interesting material helps expand students’ thinking about today’s leadership experiences.

Table of Contents

1. What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?
2. Traits, Behaviors, and Relationships.
3. Contingency Approaches to Leadership.
4. The Leader as an Individual.
5. Leadership Mind and Heart.
6. Courage and Moral Leadership.
7. Followership.
8. Motivation and Empowerment.
9. Leadership Communication.
10. Leading Teams.
11. Developing Leadership Diversity.
12. Leadership Power and Influence.
13. Creating Vision and Strategic Direction.
14. Shaping Culture and Values.
15. Leading Change.

What's New

  • NEW STRONGER CONNECTIONS CLOSELY LINK LEADERSHIP THEORIES TO EVENTS IN TODAY’S TURBULENT TIMES. This new edition now more closely relates leadership concepts and theories to key events within today’s turbulent business environment. Each thoroughly revised, updated chapter emphasizes many of the most current issues that today’s leaders face, from emerging e-businesses to the use of virtual teams. Special sections, marked with a Turbulent Times icon, highlight particularly relevant and quickly shifting current events.
  • NEW AND EXPANDED TOPICS ADDRESS THE LATEST LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS CHALLENGES. Numerous fresh topics in this edition now address recent events, such as the Wall Street meltdown, and emerging issues, such as leadership courage as a skill, appreciative inquiry, soft versus hard power, leadership coaching, coalitional and entrepreneurial leadership, leading diverse individuals, enhancing emotional intelligence, the Johari Window framework, nonverbal communication, teamwork, reshaping norms, leading virtual teams, open innovation, and building ethical corporate cultures.
  • UPDATED LEARNING FEATURES REFLECT THE LATEST LEADERSHIP TRENDS. Popular applications and fresh learning features within each chapter now reflect the most current business information and emerging leadership trends. A variety of features -- "In the Lead," "Consider This!" and "Leader’s Bookshelf" -- within this edition’s new full-color setting help prepare students for today’s emerging leadership challenges and quickly changing roles.
  • NEW AND REVISED LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CASES PREPARE STUDENTS TO EXCEL. Numerous new and revised cases for analysis present today’s current issues and leadership challenges. These short, problem-oriented cases put students’ skills to the test, requiring readers to apply concepts learned to real, timely issues. Cases challenge your students’ cognitive understanding of leadership ideas while providing opportunities to perfect the skills most critical for leadership success.
  • EXPANDED TEST BANK HELPS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY IN STUDENT ASSESSMENT. To help you efficiently and accurately assess your students’ understanding, this edition’s proven Test Bank is expanded to provide more questions than ever before. You’ll now find approximately 60 questions per chapter, including a variety of true/false, completion, short-answer, and essay questions. In addition, this Test Bank now offers double the number of multiple-choice questions.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Premium Web Site, Revised Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1111867720  | ISBN-13: 9781111867720

ePack: The Leadership Experience, 5th + Premium Web Site Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1111870500 | ISBN-13:  9781111870508

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I plan to continue using the Daft text. I have evaluated several other leadership textbooks, and consider Daft to be head and shoulders above the others. I recommend it to colleagues when the opportunity arises. I have had excellent feedback from both lecture and online students concerning 3E and 4E." - William Russell Brown, Navarro College

— William Russell Brown

"This is a superb introductory textbook. I recommend that the students retain it as a reference throughout their program of studies." - Glenn K Cunningham, Duquesne University

— Glenn K Cunningham

"I have found this text to be the most well written of the traditional Leadership textbooks. Students have often told me they like the text for this reason (and typically students do not make such complementary comments about a textbook)." - Joseph Martelli, University of Findlay

— Joseph Martelli

"Students have a wealth of information in each chapter coming at them from different directions and in different formats. I particularly like the Leadership Bookshelf and Consider This box segments. As self-learning professionals, several of my students have commented that they have gone online and purchased books discussed in the Leadership Bookshelf boxes to augment their leadership libraries." - Shand H. Stringham, Duquesne University

— Shand H. Stringham


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

DVD  (ISBN-10: 0538469706 | ISBN-13: 9780538469708)

Now you can vividly show leadership principles in practice with the intriguing videos created specifically to accompany THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 5E. Students gain insights into leadership skills and international business concepts at work in a variety of small and large businesses.

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840069561 | ISBN-13: 9780840069566)

Help your students master leadership theory and application while earning the grade they want in your course with the wealth of resources on the book’s optional, Premium Student website. This new interactive Student Premium website, available as an optional package with this edition, provides a wealth of resources to reinforce the book’s content. Students learn from interactive quizzes, flashcards, PowerPoint slides, learning games, and more. Add Daft’s THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 5E to your bookshelf at www.cengage.com/login to access this Premium Website and learn more.

Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111058814 | ISBN-13: 9781111058814)

Place all the key resources you need at your fingertips with this convenient all-in-one resource. This Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM (IRCD) offers instructor tools as you need them, including the comprehensive Instructor’s Manual, expanded Test Bank, ExamView® for electronic testing, and PowerPoint slides). Rely on this ultimate, time-saving tool to efficiently customize each lecture or presentation.

Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111058822 | ISBN-13: 9781111058821)

Save time while creating an exceptional course for your students. This comprehensive Instructor’s Manual and accompanying expanded Test Bank provide the resources you need to efficiently prepare lectures and accurately assess student comprehension. You’ll find outlines for each chapter, suggested answers to end-of-chapter materials as well as suggestions for further study. The expanded Test Bank now offers approximately 60 questions per chapter, including true/false, completion, short-answer, and essay questions, as well as twice the previous number of multiple-choice questions.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1111058792 | ISBN-13: 9781111058791)

Available only on the Instructor’s Resource CD, save time as you accurately assess your students’ understanding of leadership concepts with this easy-to-use test creation software. ExamView® contains all of the questions from this edition’s expanded Test Bank. You can create customized tests or study guides for your course in minutes. Add or edit questions, instructions, and answers, and select questions (randomly or numerically) for the assessment that best fits your students and course. ExamView® is the ideal tool for your Windows or Macintosh environment.

PowerPoint® Presentation Slides for Daft’s The Leadership Experience  (ISBN-10: 1111058784 | ISBN-13: 9781111058784)

Bring new energy and a strong level of understanding to your classroom with these dynamic PowerPoint® slides. An asset to both experienced or new instructors, the Presentation Slides provide outlines for every chapter, illustrations from the text, and additional examples to expand your students’ learning opportunities. For your convenience, PowerPoint® Slides are available on the Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM and the password-protected Instructor’s Text Companion Website.

Student Supplements

Premium Web Site Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840069561 | ISBN-13: 9780840069566)

Expand your understanding of leadership theories and applications with this wealth of tools that will help you earn the grade you want within this course. This new interactive Student Premium website offers a wealth of learning resources that reinforce concepts from THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 5E. You’ll find interactive games, quizzes, flashcards, PowerPoint slides, instructional games, and more to reinforce chapter concepts. Visit www.CengageBrain.com to access this optional Premium Website and to learn more.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard L. Daft

Richard L. Daft, Ph.D., is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in the study of leadership and organization theory. Dr. Daft is a fellow of the Academy of Management and has served on the editorial boards of Academy Of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Management Education. He was associate editor-in-chief of Organization Science and associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Dr. Daft has authored or co-authored 13 books, including The Executive and the Elephant, Organization Theory and Design, and Management. He also has authored dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and chapters, and he has published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy Of Management Journal, Academy Of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal Of Management, Accounting Organizations And Society, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, And Organizational Behavior Teaching Review. Dr. Daft has received several government research grants in organization design, organizational innovation and change, strategy implementation, and organizational information processing. An active teacher and respected consultant, Dr. Daft has served as associate dean and helped manage a start-up enterprise. He has been involved in management development and consulting for numerous organizations, including the American Banking Association, AutoZone, Nortel, Bridgestone, TVA, Pratt & Whitney, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, J.C. Bradford & Co., Central Parking System, USAA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and many others.