Higher Education

Leadership: Theory, Application, & Skill Development, 6th Edition

  • Robert N. Lussier Springfield College
  • Christopher F. Achua University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • ISBN-10: 1285866355  |  ISBN-13: 9781285866352
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $226.50
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The most practical leadership textbook on the market, LEADERSHIP 6e uses a unique three-pronged approach to teach leadership concepts and theory. The authors combine traditional theory with cutting-edge leadership topics in a concise presentation packed with real-world examples. The text puts students in the leadership role, engaging them in applying the concepts and providing step-by-step behavior models for effectively handling leadership functions.

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Features and Benefits

  • AACSB Assurance of Learning Standards: Chapter 1 includes the new list published in 2014. Each Developing Your Leadership Skills Exercise identifies the AACSB skills and competencies to be practiced through completion of the exercise.
  • Step-by-Step Models: Several sets of how-to steps for handling day-to-day leadership functions are integrated into the context of the chapter or skill-building exercises, giving students a proven model to follow as leaders, including writing objectives, giving praise, coaching, resolving conflict, and delegating.
  • Work Applications: These questions bring the leadership concept into the student's world by asking them to apply concepts to their own work experiences, either full-time, part-time, or summer jobs.
  • Leadership Skill Development: Unlike competitors' exercises that are simply discussion-oriented, the exercises in LEADERSHIP 6e develop leadership skills students can employ immediately in their personal and professional lives.

Table of Contents

1. Who Is a Leader and What Skills Do Leaders Need?
2. Leadership Traits and Ethics.
3. Leadership Behavior and Motivation.
4. Contingency Leadership Theories.
5. Influencing: Power, Politics, Networking, and Negotiation.
6. Communication, Coaching, and Conflict Skills.
7. Leader-Member Exchange and Followership.
8. Team Leadership and Self-Managed Teams.
9. Charismatic and Transformational Leadership.
10. Leadership of Culture, Ethics, and Diversity.
11. Strategic Leadership and Change Management.
12. Crisis Leadership and the Learning Organization.
Appendix: Leadership and Spirituality in the Workplace.

What's New

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  • All opening and closing cases have been replaced and/or heavily revised.
  • Chapter Learning Outcomes have been updated to more closely align with heading structure and key chapter concepts. This closer alignment translates to clearer testing feedback.
  • More than 80% of references have been updated.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"[You have] lots of self-assessment activities. The figures and diagrams help to summarize the material. The key terms at both the beginning and end of the chapter help. [You offer] a great total package of materials."

— Sue McCoy Cunningham, Rowan Cabarrus Community College

"This text gives learners a clear roadmap through the concepts, with many opportunities to apply the concepts and focus on the associated skills; in addition, the self-assessments allow students to see where they currently stand and form a plan to develop greater skill strengths."

— Josje Andmore, Camosun College School of Business


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert N. Lussier

Robert N. Lussier is Professor of Management at Springfield College. Having taught management for more than 25 years, he has developed innovative and widely copied methods for applying concepts and developing skills that can be used personally and professionally. A prolific writer, Dr. Lussier has more than 350 publications to his credit, including other best selling textbooks (such as Management Fundaments: Concepts, Applications, Skill Development, also by South-Western/Cengage) and articles published in Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, Business Horizons, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Small Business Management, Family Business Review, and Journal of Small Business Strategy and many others. He served as founding director of Israel Programs and taught courses in Israel. His international experience also stretches to Namibia and South Africa. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Salem State College, master's degrees in education and business administration from Suffolk University, and a doctorate in management from the University of New Haven.

Christopher F. Achua

Christopher F. Achua is a full professor in the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Dr. Achua has been teaching strategic management, leadership and other related courses for almost two decades, and he has an active scholarship record of presenting papers at regional and national conferences. A consultant to a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Achua has served on several boards. He served as founding director of two business programs at UVA-Wise – the Small Business Institute (SBI) and the Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Service (CELS). He received his undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his MBA from the University of South Dakota; and his doctorate from the United States International University in San Diego, California.