Higher Education

The Leadership Experience, 6th Edition

  • Richard L. Daft Vanderbilt University
  • ISBN-10: 1435462858  |  ISBN-13: 9781435462854
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $259.00
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Equip students with the critical leadership skills and solid understanding of today's theory needed to become effective business leaders in today's turbulent times with Daft's THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 6E. Acclaimed author Richard Daft helps students explore the latest thinking in leadership theory and contemporary practices at work within organizations throughout the world. Students will examine emerging topics, including enhancement of emotional intelligence, leadership vision and courage, leadership of virtual teams, and open innovation, and will connect those topics to recent world events such as ethical scandals and political turmoil. Packed with memorable examples and unique insights into actual leadership decisions, this full-color text includes crisp, clear 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 students. In addition, THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE is available with CengageNOW for the first time. CengageNOW provides an integrated text and online learning solution that enhances understanding of course content and offers opportunities to extend learning.

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 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 ON CHAPTER CONTENT. To help 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 students to the emerging issues and topics of importance that today's leaders are researching and discussing, whether in academia, business, the military, or nonprofit organizations.
  • "LEADER'S SELF-INSIGHTS" ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO EXAMINE PERSONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS. As students progress through your course, these engaging "Leader's Self-Insight" boxes encourage 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. 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 CENGAGENOW ONLINE LEARNING SOLUTION. CengageNOW is an online teaching and learning resource that increases student effort and engagement to deliver better student outcomes. The Personalized Study Plan allows students to participate in an interactive, self-paced learning process for each chapter to assess their understanding, consisting of a Pretest, a set of study tools (including the ebook, flash cards, and PowerPoint® slides), and a Posttest. Students' performance along this learning path will be automatically scored to offer relevant suggestions for content that they should review to master the material.
  • NEW INTERACTIVE SELF-ASSESSMENTS. One of the hallmark features of the text, the Leader's Self-Insight assessments now include interactive online versions wherein students may complete the full assessment online and complete brand new accompanying activities to link the self-assessment concepts back to the relevant chapter material.
  • NEW INTERACTIVE CASES. Instructors who want to incorporate additional cases into their courses now have the option of assigning an online-exclusive case for each chapter that includes the full text of the case and interactive activities with immediate scoring and feedback.
  • NEW MEDIA QUIZZES. New to the sixth edition of the text is a complete set of leadership videos that connect the text's concepts with current, real-world situations. The videos are viewable online and include accompanying assessment activities.
  • NEW LEADERSHIP AT WORK ACTIVITIES. Another integral feature of the text, each chapter's Leadership at Work exercises may be completed and submitted online for students who prefer working in a digital environment.
  • NEW "FOLLOW THE LEADER" FEATURE. Students who want to find current leaders who can provide valuable insight on the state of business today will now find directives at the end of each chapter for relevant Twitter feeds for both high-profile leaders and individual bloggers whose articles relate well to the content in the text. By following these leaders, users will have a current, continually updated connection to the leadership world.
  • NEW EXTENDED ONLINE RESOURCES. Students also will have the opportunity to access the Cengage KnowNOW blog, Business Insights Essentials, and Career Transitions, enabling even more connections to the realm of business and leadership.
  • THOROUGHLY UPDATED EXAMPLES. The examples in the text have been thoroughly updated to reflect current trends and the constant evolution of leadership theories.
  • 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"--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 students to apply concepts learned to real, timely issues. Cases challenge students' cognitive understanding of leadership ideas while providing opportunities to perfect the skills most critical for leadership success.
  • ENHANCED TEST BANK HELPS PROVIDES MORE EFFECTIVE STUDENT ASSESSMENT. The test bank for the sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the text's current content. In addition, the test bank and online homework problems are now more tightly integrated, ensuring that students will experience consistency in question types and difficulties when transitioning from homework material to formal assessments.
  • NEW CENGAGE LEARNING TESTING POWERED BY COGNERO. Cognero is a flexible online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + CengageNOW™, 1 term Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305244672  | ISBN-13: 9781305244672

List Price = $357.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $269.00

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  • CengageNOW™, 1 term Printed Access Card
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  • The Leadership Experience
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List Price = $357.95  | CengageBrain Price = $357.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $269.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • The Leadership Experience
    List Price = $344.95  | CengageBrain Price = $344.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $259.00
  • CengageNOW™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
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Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285979923 | ISBN-13: 9781285979922)

CengageNOW™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133938221 | ISBN-13: 9781133938224)

Discover a rich array of online teaching and learning resources to support your leadership theory and applications course with the brand new CNOW digital solution offering. With a robust set of administrative tools, you can create a concise yet fully effective predefined assignment path that will walk students through the textual content through the use of interactive homework problems, interactive versions of the in-text Self-Assessments, expanded online interactive cases, and media-rich video content, all supplemented by autogradable assessments to keep students on track and provide you with the relevant, timely feedback you need to successfully administer your courses. In addition, you can administer your in-class assessments using the dynamic Test Bank content that has been thoroughly reviewed to conform with the format and difficulty of the homework problems, ensuring a smooth experience for students when they are transitioning from homework to formal assessment. Students also can drive their learning using CNOW's robust Personalized Study Plan, which includes a Pretest and Posttest that includes dynamic feedback enhanced with offerings of flash cards, PowerPoint® slides, a fully accessible ebook, and other resources to ensure that students will succeed in the course.

List Price = $100.00  | CengageBrain Price = $100.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $100.00

LMS Integrated for CengageNOW™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305627156 | ISBN-13: 9781305627154)

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Student Supplements

CengageNOW™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133938221 | ISBN-13: 9781133938224)

Brand new for Daft's THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 6E, you can now drive your learning throughout the course using CNOW's robust Personalized Study Plan. It includes a Pretest and Posttest that includes dynamic feedback enhanced with offerings of flash cards, PowerPoint® slides, a fully accessible ebook, and other resources to ensure that you succeed in the course.

List Price = $100.00  | CengageBrain Price = $100.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $100.00

LMS Integrated for CengageNOW™, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305627156 | ISBN-13: 9781305627154)

List Price = $100.00  | CengageBrain Price = $100.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $100.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard L. Daft

Richard L. Daft, Ph.D., is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management and Principal Senior Lecturer 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, Bridgestone, Vulcan Materials, TVA, Pratt & Whitney, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, Central Parking System, USAA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.