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Now with a new chapter on Inclusive Leadership, adopted in thousands of courses in 89 countries and translated into 15 different languages, this market-leading text successfully combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and focus on how leadership theory can inform leadership practice. Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter, allowing readers to easily compare and contrast different theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their understanding of their own leadership style.

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Leadership theories are plagued by the absence of a definitional consensus among scholars. Many theories have emerged about leadership over the years. This chapter examines and evaluates the different early theories of leadership. The Great Man theory focuses on heroic individuals, implying that only a selected few can achieve greatness. The trait theory conceptualises leadership on the universality of some given attributes. The skill theory focuses on the abilities of a leader. Behavioural theory views leaders based on their actions and behaviour, while the contingency theory concerns the context of leadership. The shortcomings and limitations of these different theories, which have led to newer approaches to leadership, are also examined. Case studies are available to assess the reader’s understanding of the relevant approaches in this chapter.

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Leadership theory has little value if it cannot be applied to real world situations. A summary review of the literature on leadership theory is provided here first. A disguised real case concerning Ted Shade, a Vice‐President at Galactic Chips, Inc. is then provided which describes a manager who is extremely task‐oriented. The case analysis follows. It includes questions and answers which connect leadership theory to case specifics and requires learners to analyze the case using differing leadership models.

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Leadership is one of the concepts in the world, which has received massive coverage and attention. Although there are several reasons behind this trend, the commonest one is the fact that leaders have a significant influence in the society. Not to mention that some people and organizations have become what they are today because of the impact of certain leaders (Grint 2010, p. 1).

Even though there is a wide range of definitions that describe a leader, it has been universally agreed that a leader is a person who gives direction to others in order to attain a common goal (Gallos 2008, p. 1). This is mainly achieved through setting a pace in serving as a role model and creation of a working environment that allows members of the organization or employees to feel honored as part of the advancement process.

Importantly, a leader cannot be viewed as a boss since he or she remains committed to the full course of achieving set goals and objectives. It is noteworthy that there are numerous qualities, which define the character of a good leader. While these factors may vary from one person to another, common traits include being a good listener, focused, organized, available, ready to delegate duties, confident and decisive (Gallos 2008, p. 2).

Twentieth century saw the demand and interest in leadership rise to an advanced stage. While early leaders laid emphasis on existing differences between leaders and followers in terms of their qualities, subsequent leadership theorists approached the issue by considering certain variable like qualifications and situations in establishing an understanding of leadership traits (Grint 2010, p. 1). Some of these theories have been discussed under this segment of the analysis.

The first one is the “great man” theory, which assumes that good leaders are born and that what is considered to be good traits are naturally obtained. In other words, these leaders are born, which is against the notion that favors making of leaders. This school of thought normally depicts leaders to be heroic and ready to take up leadership positions in the corporate world whenever there is need.

It is also paramount to note that the term was developed when the society thought that leadership was strictly meant for males (Bolden et al. 2003). This theory is believed to have been first developed by Thomas Carlyle, a time when gender equality was not being talked about as it is today. Men were therefore given leadership preference as women dominated other domestic areas of society management.

It is also believed that the trait theory resembles the great man philosophy, as it assumes that certain qualities observed among some leaders are inherited, thus making them better than other leaders. This theory generally focuses on a behavior or trait, which is common among leaders. Even though this has been the case, it is hard to explain the existence of some of these qualities among people who are not leaders (Bolden et al. 2003). This is considered as the main obstacle in adopting this theory when explaining the concept of leadership.

On the other hand, contingency theories address certain variables, which are connected to the environment and influence the type of leadership style suitable for a given situation. A very important fact under this theory is that situations in life cannot be addressed by one leadership style.

This is based on a wide range of ways in which the situations are manifested. Basically, success is coupled with leadership styles, different situational aspects and traits carried by followers (Bolden et al. 2003). This leadership theory is closely related to situational theories, which affirm that situational variables are key in influencing the decision made by leaders. It follows that a decision-making process may require several leadership styles to ensure that the best position is reached.

Unlike of the ideas discussed above, behavioral theories of leadership are inclined towards the fact that good leaders are made. It is solely based on behaviorism and the overall manner in which leaders act. In essence, the theory suggests that good leadership can be attained through learning and observation as opposed to being natural traits in human beings (Bolden et al. 2003).

Moreover, participative theories of leadership support the fact good leadership seeks to incorporate the ideas of others in decision-making. They motivate other people to be part of the course of achieving set goals and objectives. Nevertheless, a leader may choose not to consider the input of his or her followers.

Management leadership focuses on concepts of performance, supervision and organization. It is founded on the use of rewards and punishments in ensuring that the course is retained by all parties involved. This is the commonest leadership theory in business, where employees are recognized according to their input.

The last theory of leadership is the relationship theory, which is also referred to as transformational theory. This emphasizes on the bond between leaders and their followers. Through motivation, these leaders show their followers the benefits, which are hidden in the future. As much as they are concerned with performance, exploitation of each person’s potential is always at the heart of their performance. These leaders equally possess high standards in terms of ethics and morality (Bass & Riggio 2006).

The name of Steve Paul Jobs has dominated the world of leadership especially in the 21 st century; at the peak of technological advancements in computer technology. Born in 1955, Steve Jobs was a man of his caliber in terms of innovation of business ideas. Until his death in 2011, Jobs remained an icon of transformational leadership (Peña 2005).

Among other successes and leadership positions, Jobs was well known for as the chairman and co-founder of the famous Apple Inc. Unlike his counterparts who have a clear-cut of their leadership styles, Jobs could not be described by a single style of leadership; he was endowed with several qualities, which helped him to traverse the business world, to achieve such massive success. Importantly, his life experiences right from teenage played a major role in molding his personality, having failed to graduate from college.

In his 2005 address at the Stanford University, Steve Jobs highlighted several life experiences, which had shaped his life and challenged graduates to see success and opportunities in setbacks, which life offers. He believed in having faith, by connecting dots in life even during hard moments and hardly regretted for his decisions, including the selection of an expensive college that became a challenge to his parents in paying tuition fees.

As a result, he dropped out, and registered for calligraphy, which was significant in designing fonts while designing the first Macintosh. The love for his job was unwavering. Together with his friend, they founded Apple and even after being kicked out of the company, he moved on to launch NeXT Software Inc., which was acquired by Apple in 1997, giving a chance to rejoin Apple. His ill-health was a further source of inspiration in life.

After surviving a pancreatic surgery necessitated by cancer, he considered it as a wakeup call; to maximize the use of available time in doing what he loved most (Peña 2005). It is this path that shaped Steve Paul Jobs to become a leader with countless styles and qualities.

Firstly, Jobs was a charismatic leader. He was widely known for his ability to give captivating speeches, a trait that was equally employed in his career. His storytelling skills favored him capturing the attention of not only his audience but also his employees at Apple and other companies (Kramer 2010).

He was able to communicate the benefits of using Apple products as compared to other products by use of metaphors and analogies. His charismatic nature was essential in developing enthusiastic leaders who remained focused towards achieving that which seemed impossible in the eyes of many and convince his customers that his company had the best products in the market.

Jobs inherent and learned traits seemed to define his character and leadership path. Due to this, he earned himself several titles, which mainly described his attachment to perfection (Kramer 2010). His leadership was therefore described as personalized; he sometimes expected too much from an employee.

According to Jobs, he was interested in making people better, a leadership approach that was sometimes misinterpreted as being autocratic and rude especially in meetings. As an autocratic leader, Jobs insisted on being in control and showing people what to do even as a role model. While at Apple, Jobs had over a hundred employees who directly reported to him directly. His degree as a participatory leader was therefore low (Peña 2005).

Importantly, Steve Jobs remains an icon of transformational leadership. Throughout his career, Steve Jobs managed to transform different companies like Pixar. He also led by example, showing employees and other managers what was to be done in order to overcome the challenges of a competitive business world (Kramer 2010). This was essential in bringing out the best in every employee and promoting performance.

He is the founder of, its CEO and chair of the company’s board. Bezos is highly recognized in the money market and was valued at $3.6 billion, according to Forbes’ survey in the year 2006. He was listed as the personality of the year in 1999 by the Time magazine. Besides, Jeff Bezos founded Blue Origin, with an aim of promoting tourism. He is definitely influential and his leadership style is worth studying to understand his success secrets.

Unlike some of company owners who choose to delegate managerial positions, Bezos runs as its founder and CEO. He therefore battles out by transiting from a small company to the head of thousands of employees.

He is generally overwhelmed with fun and innovations, having carried his laughing character to the company. In analyzing his leadership qualities, Bezos has been described using a wide range of approaches (‘Taking the long view’ 2012).

He is a transformational leader. Based on the path he has used to get where it is today, it is doubtless that he has been instrumental in promoting the company’s performance. He has always made choices based on his desire to move to another level, a reasons he gives for marrying his wife. His visionary has definitely landed him to a place he dreamed, decades ago.

He is also concerned in the performance of managers and other company employees. In order to impact his management team, he organizes weekly meeting, reporting on experiences and answering questions from him. The Just Do It program launched by Bezos was highly applauded for promoting participatory management at Amazon (‘Taking the long view’ 2012).

According to the program, managers are promoted for their innovative ideas, which are aimed at improving the company’s performance. His perfectionism in performance means that he has to higher new managers consistently, who are intelligent and highly skilled.

This approach is mainly leader-centered. In other words, it focuses on certain skills, which can be learned and improve the leadership potential of an individual. It is obvious that knowledge and skills are essential for one to be recognized as a strong leader. Furthermore, skills denote what is achievable by a leader, while traits mainly focus on a leader’s identity ( Leadership Skills Approach 2012). This leadership approach requires a leader to master three important areas, which are conceptual, technical and human.

Technical skills determine a leader’s proficiency in performing certain tasks. For instance, Steve Jobs’ skills as a computer scientist were paramount in navigating through the world of computers. Despite his lack of a college degree, he had relevant knowledge in the world of technology (Peña 2005).

He also had innovative skills, which transformed several companies including Apple Inc. Mr. Bezos equally has computer skills in science and business, which have been significant in internet business, marketing and cloud computing. Bezos has experience in garage operations, having been a garage inventor during his early years of entrepreneurship.

Skills approach of leadership further emphasizes on human skills, which are vital in dealing with people ( Leadership Skills Approach 2012). Although Steve Jobs was sometimes considered to be rude autocratic in handing employees, his sense of charisma made him an outstanding leader in handling people. He was a role model and encouraged his employees to exploit their potential. On the other hand, Bezos enhances his human skills through weekly training and hiring of intelligent and smart employees.

The last aspect is having conceptual skills, which are necessary in making long-term decisions ( Leadership Skills Approach 2012). Steve jobs had a long-term vision and remained focused on the course despite his failure to graduate from university. While serving with various companies, he invested in getting higher.

He transformed Apple, making it one of the leading technological companies in the world. Similarly, Amazon culture is dominated with long-term strategies. Since its inception, Amazon always invests its short-term profits for long-term benefits. Bezos takes risks, venturing into fields, which are less considered. These included cloud computing and the Blue Origin.

The question we need to ask is how Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos would lead a conservative industry like banking or construction. As mentioned before, the contingency theory of leadership focuses on external and internal factors, which determine the kind of leadership necessary. In other words, it may require the application of several styles in order to achieve reputable skills.

The success of the two would not be limited, by the fact that their leadership styles are more diverse. For instance, Steve Jobs had several leadership styles, which would be important in taking a contingent approach. However, they would be limited in innovation; their success stories revolve around innovative ideas, which might not have a place in a conservative environment.

While starting a company like Apple or Amazon with five employees, it would be important to apply transformational leadership in order to realize success. This is because transformational approach focuses on having a vision to advance to higher levels in future. It further nurtures talents and skills among employees for maximum performance (Bass & Riggio 2006).

Transformational leadership was highly employed by Jobs and Bezos. This helped in changing their small businesses into multinational companies. Nevertheless, this styles wastes a lot of time since leaders have to share their goals with follower. It can also be misused especially by dictatorial leaders.

From the above report, it is clear that leadership is a major concept in the society. Additionally, the success of leaders largely depends of their leadership qualities and styles. Leadership theorists argue that every leader can be grouped into a particular class of leadership. In this case study, it was revealed that several leadership styles contributed to the success of Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos, to become world leading CEOs in the 21 st century.

To thrive in this competitive environment, they adopted several leadership styles. Moreover, transformational leadership qualities were key in developing their success story. It is worth noting that different companies may require varying leadership styles for their success.

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"the 1:1 interaction with marty and em through the zoom calls and slack group was amazing. i think this really set the course apart and made it feel like incredible value for money.”, read tom's case study, gas & engineering.

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HSE Manager, Global Engineering & Construction Pty Ltd

"completing this course was a great achievement if you are looking for a course that is delivered in a down to earth, no bullsht way, that focuses on the key areas of leadership and delivered by a highly successful leader, this is the course", read andy's case study, infrastructure / construction.

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Site manager (patient support services), caboolture hospital qld, "lbt has modelled, as a team, a standard of hard work and professionalism i was not familiar with. this helped me to realise how much more is possible if i choose to focus and apply both the content and the examples.", read ian's case study.

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Project manager, acconia, "this course is worth its weight in gold and i'll definitely be committing to future cohorts. the time invested in the course is far outweighed by the results you will see in the day to day of leading others.", read martin's case study, mining / energy / construction.

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Group manager, northrop consulting engineers, "having access to rare and insightful reflection from someone who has actually walked the path and is talking from experience, is second to none. thank you so much marty and em", read alan's case study, construction.

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Services Manager, CPB Contractors

 "if you don't think you can fit it into your schedule then all i can say is that you need to do lbt yesterday since doing the program, peers have been commenting on my team's performance, and my senior management are already picking up on my leadership improvements", read kyle's case study.

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State manager qld & nt (sales & operations), exedy australia, if you want to move forward, lead with confidence and remove uncertainty from your leadership then lbt is a no-brainer".

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Structural section manager & associate director, stantec, "absolutely do it. it's very valuable. i've been in a few management and leadership courses over the years, and this is up there with the best of them in terms of structure and content.", read alasdair's case study, real estate / construction.

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Manager, melbourne survey smec australia, "after completing leadership beyond the theory, i set about changing my working behaviour. i focused on key business activities and limited project interactions at the right level for my role. my staff are more empowered and i have significantly more time to work on the business activities that generate value.", read rohan's case study.

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Service manager, bmw, "i knew i needed to do lbt to break through that ceiling and progress in my career. and it actually happened - i finally achieved my career goal and was promoted after completing the course", read steve's case study.

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Revenue and reservations manager, mercure grosvenor hotel adelaide, “doing this program was such a wake-up call on what's holding me back in my leadership journey. i cannot explain how invaluable the program has been for me at the current stage of my career”, read nicole's case study.

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Facility Manager, Australia Post

"the greatest value i’ve gained from doing leadership beyond the theory is that i now have clarity around not only where i want to go as a leader, but how i will get there. it’s a fantastic course, i couldn't recommend it highly enough", read david's case study.

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Account director, filtered media, "we’ve all had ineffective managers/bosses in our careers and wished they could’ve provided better guidance and been more supportive. this program teaches you how to go out there and be the boss you’ve always wished you had.”, read charlotte's case study.

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Development manager (real estate), aurizon, "the program didn’t just change my view on leadership, it gave me a suite of practical tools and an awareness of core concepts that i can now use to build my career and personal leadership style.”, read damien's case study, transport + logistics.

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Manager operational capability, queensland fire and emergency services, “the program content is high quality and deals with the actual problems leaders need to address to get out of their own way and get things done. it’s a very worthwhile investment of time, energy and effort.”, read clinton's case study, emergency services.

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Specialist gp / clinical supervisor, fcd health, “the program well and truly exceeded my expectations. it was well constructed, easy to follow and could easily be fitted into my busy schedule. i definitely recommend leadership beyond the theory”, read nadun's case study.

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Director aerospace, jacobs, “if you like the podcast you will love the course i've already told peers, staff and friends to start listening and get on the course”, read giuliana's case study.

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Technical manager, eckerö group, “this is a very effective way of learning with video, the implementation playbook and questions after the modules. it really makes it stick to your memory”, read victor's case study, sue barclay, director of capital works austin health,  i'm much more confident in all aspects of my leadership now, and i've noticed real changes in the way that my team are responding. i'm now only working a 40 hour week, down from around 55 hours, read sue's case study, healthcare / construction.

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Senior associate director anstey horne, "lbt isn't based on the latest fad, where the presenter focusses on one or two aspects of leadership. it takes a far more holistic view on how to practically apply the business skills one learns about academically. it was phenomenal", read trevor's case study.

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General manager, keystone civil, "this program was fantastic. i've been searching for years to find a leadership program that connected with my line of work in the construction industry and connected with me on a personal level. this course hit both points beyond my expectations", read michael's case study.

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Global general counsel and company secretary, omni bridgeway limited, "i am recharged and determined to put the lbt learnings into practice and very cognizant that this is a journey, not a destination. accepting the joy of the journey is key for my development both personally and as a leader.", read jeremy's case study.

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Business executive officer, nestle oceania, "the sophistication of the course was excellent; the platform, communication, content and tools were all very accessible and professional. i was very impressed", read susan's case study, fast-moving consumer goods (fmcg).

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Vice president, health safety & environment and sustainability, source energy services, "i felt that i needed to be more deliberate and strategic in my leadership approach, and lbt filled this void very well. it hit on all the major topics required for good leadership in a very practical, hands on way that i could relate to and utilize.", read shawn's case study, transport + logistics / mining / energy.

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Vice president of operations, tier 11,  "since completing the program i've been able to effectively coach my direct reports when they're facing challenges and i'm 'managing up' more effectively. i now feel confident in challenging some of the old ways of doing things in our quarterly leadership meetings.", read angela's case study.

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Sales Director, BCI Central

 "as a long time podcast listener and book owner, it was a no brainer the cost and time to complete is comparable to a mba unit. if lbt was an elective in my mba, i would have selected it", read brad's case study.

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Senior director of community development, saint anthony hospital,  "i considered the duration of the program, the volume of content, and of course, the credibility of facilitator in making sure it was a sound investment. on all counts, leadership beyond the theory exceeded my expectations", read genessa's case study.

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Chief product & technology officer, acs technologies,  "this program is impactful no matter where you are in your career. i wish i had it 30 years ago you have lifetime access too, so as your career changes you will definitely find new meaning at each stage of your journey.", read robert's case study.

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Hardware operations manager, google, “this program is the missing piece of the puzzle you need to become a better leader. my mindset about leadership has completely changed and now i feel ready to face any difficult conversation or complex decision with confidence.”, read megi's case study.

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General Manager, Reflex Technology Group

“my thought patterns and the language i am using at work has definitely changed. i sense that along with the odd marty-ism that comes out, i am being seen as the strong leader i am - or at least want to be.”, read amit's case study.

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Head of engineering and test - data, skybetting and gaming, “this has been the best leadership course i have ever done the content delivery, linkedin group, private podcast access for the lessons and the question structure has just been amazing.”, read rachael's case study.

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Global director of government affairs, diageo, "the content, the webinars and the complexity of issues raised by the cohort will help you become a better leader. enrolling in lbt is one of those ‘no regrets’ moves.", read wil's case study, fmcg / hospitality + tourism.

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Change & human resources manager, “after doing leadership beyond the theory i am now operating much more at the right level and my team is flourishing as a consequence. if you’re thinking about doing the program i’d say go for it”.

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Executive, Enviro New Zealand

"you are literally tapping into marty's life experience and short-cutting some of the very hard experiences you'd have to go through yourself to get that same level of experience. save yourself the pain, time and the suffering of your team and get lbt under your wing.", read carl's case study, infrastructure.

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Head of sales & marketing, soho flordis international, “it has given me clarity as to where i had strengths and where i was falling short. i believe in myself more now, and this comes through in my decision making and clarity in communication. i am now a calm, confident leader.”, read rachel's case study, healthcare / retail.

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Head of generation, agl energy, “i’ve been through a number of leadership programs in 4 continents and there is none other like leadership beyond the theory. this program is truly world class and is a must for all leaders from any industry.”, read seth's case study, hospitality + tourism.

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President, environment institute of australia and new zealand, "you could be on day one of your first leadership journey or 20 years in and i am convinced you will walk away knowing more than you did at the start. not only about leadership, but about yourself too.", read vicki's case study.

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Assistant commissioner education and training, fire and rescue nsw, “i actually got a hell of a lot out of the program. for someone who is at the same level as me considering the program, i’d say 100% do it. i was surprised about how i felt. i was able to really resonate with the course material, and found myself stopping, writing and being able to apply it in my day-to-day work pretty quickly., read roger's case study.

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General manager it program delivery, the star entertainment group, "the immediate practical application that i could take to my workplace as soon as i finished a module was perfect. it enabled me to stop ‘doing’ and take more time to ‘lead’. as a busy gm and mother of 2 young kids, this course was perfect for me.”, read nicola's case study, rupert cullen, national director, colliers international australia, “historically i haven’t been confident enough to lean into some of the opportunities that my organisation has offered because i felt i lacked the leadership “polish”. lbt has given me the missing tools i needed to step up.”, read rupert's case study, real estate.

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Senior executive, for purpose sector, “every single session brought the opportunity to reflect and revisit how i show up and present myself as a leader. i got more practical, implementable outcomes from lbt than any other personal development course or activity that i have undertaken before.", read natasha's case study, not for profit.

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High performance culture and leadership professional, "if you want a tactical value return, put a handful of your leaders through lbt. but i can guarantee you, if you were able to institutionalise the program, you would create a highly constructive culture, which would deliver immense value to any organisation.”  , read danny's case study.

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Head of therapy solutions, mysugr, "doing leadership beyond the theory assured me that how i perceive leadership is actually correct and it helped me get some of my confidence back. it's was one of the best training programs i’ve been a part of.", read milan's case study.

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Head of business transformation, agl energy, “leadership beyond the theory gave me the tools i needed to pitch myself to the next level. i used them, and it worked. if you want to use this program to get yourself from just a manger to a senior executive, it’s a very small investment.”, read vahid's case study.

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Chief financial officer, lutheran education qld, “i would definitely recommend people in the same team or organisation going through the program together. now we have this new language that we are using with each other every day, and that’s going to help us to change our behaviours.”   , read kerryn's case study.

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Senior metallurgical engineer, als group, "leadership beyond the theory is very engaging and it's likely that you'll learn something about yourself that you were previously unaware of. ultimately it has the potential to make you a better person, which in turn will make you a better leader.", read matthew's case study.

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Founder, North Sound Valuation

"i’m focusing like a laser on delivering value to clients, and making that the focus of everyone in my organization. “how does this action deliver value to the client or to the organization" has become a well-used phrase.", read rob's case study.

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Manager of Stakeholder Engagement, CITEC

"what i found most valuable was being able to download marty’s brain and listen to his inner workings as a successful ceo - i mean when would you ever get hours and hours of access to someone of his level & credibility teaching you their leadership secrets”, read jane's case study.

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Ricardo Chisholm

Business analyst, enrolmy software, “i didn’t expect to be as confronted and challenged as i have been. or to have the level of clarity and focus it has given me. although i thought i had a base-line level on the skills taught, my level of understanding has increased exponentially through marty’s teachings”, read ricardo's case study.

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Assistant Business Manager, St James Lutheran College

"this program has shown me that leadership is leadership, regardless of the industry. ‘soft’ leadership is poor form, and sets a team up to fail for a multitude of reasons.", read mel's case study.

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Senior director, secureworks romania, "what really resonated with me was the fact that marty has been in the trenches as a ceo. there are plenty of books and programs written by people who are just full of theory but they’ve never actually practiced this job and they don’t have real world experience.”, read radu's case study.

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Chief operating officer, tony innaimo transport, "the most powerful benefit of leadership beyond the theory is that i genuinely feel more confident to implement the leadership strategy that i believe is best for my team and the organisation.”, read martin's case study.

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Chief executive officer, sealink marine & tourism,  "the program offered an excellent framework for leadership development, providing a structured pathway to enhance my skills. it allowed me to reflect on my existing knowledge and experience while equipping me with valuable insights to further increase my effectiveness.", read donna's case study, hospitality / tourism, transport / logistics.

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Ceo & director, investa projects,  "this is the best leadership course i've ever done everything marty said made so much sense, and i felt like i had my own personal leadership coach. i think there is something in this course for every leader.", read caroline's case study.

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Michael Lutkajtis

Managing director, vilno group, "i didn't expect to feel like a more capable leader so early on in the course. even after the first module i felt like i was making progress and getting in control".

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General manager, seekom,  "even after all these years in leadership there was still so much to learn or that challenged my thinking and approach. would i recommend lbt for anyone truly committed to their own personal growth yes, yes, yes".

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Director, Lecropt Nursery & Bridge of Allan Out of School Care

"lbt enabled me to see the forest rather than the trees i feel a weight has been lifted, and i have a much clearer focus on what actually drives value for the company.", read lorna's case study.

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Deanna Gough

Principal psychologist & clinical director redefini psychology,  "lbt is for everyone novice or expert, whether you are running your own business or working for someone else, you will always learn. there is something for every leader at every stage of their growth in this course.", read deanna's case study.

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Chief executive officer, steps group australia, “take the leap of faith, you wont regret it. i was surprised how energised this course made and makes me feel. i am driving change with a new level of excitement.", read kerry's case study.

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Executive director, lutheran education queensland, "i don’t think there is anything else like leadership beyond the theory on the market. you look out there and there’s not a lot of simple, practical, online leadership education of this quality to be found. i think you’ve found a real niche.”, read dennis' case study.

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Director | business manager, enginova, "before i did lbt i was overwhelmed with what i thought i had to do to succeed. post-program, i have simplified my focus and am now crystal clear on how to enable those around me to succeed.”.

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  1. PDF Leadership Theories and Case Studies

    Leadership Theories and Case Studies 3 employees the leader must carry this forth harshly and publicly without any opportunity for the offending employee to respond, and the destructive leader must remember that civilized and subs tantive feedback is his mortal enemy.7 Additional research on destructive leadership can be found in Lipman-

  2. Managerial Leadership: A Review of Theory and Research

    Abstract. This article reviews and evaluates major theories of leadership and summarizes findings from empirical research on leadership. Major topics and controversies include leadership versus management, leader traits and skills, leader behavior and activities, leader power and influence, situational determinants of leader behavior ...

  3. Leadership: Theory and Practice

    Key Features: A consistent chapter structure outlines each approach, how it works, and the major studies behind it, followed by an analysis of the strengths and criticisms for each approach. Three case studies in each chapter help students to apply leadership theories in real-world scenarios. Questionnaires within each chapter provides self ...

  4. Leadership Research and Theory

    Leadership theories are plagued by the absence of a definitional consensus among scholars. Many theories have emerged about leadership over the years. ... The shortcomings and limitations of these different theories, which have led to newer approaches to leadership, are also examined. Case studies are available to assess the reader's ...

  5. Developing the theory and practice of leadership development: A

    We now turn to a particular constructionist-relational view of leadership which is the focus of our case study. The DAC Framework (see Fig. 1) is grounded in a view that leadership encompasses a full range of human activity (including but not limited to leaders influencing followers) whose purpose is to bring members of a collective into the conditions required for the achievement of their ...

  6. Leadership Case Studies in Education

    Leadership Case Studies in Education 3rd Edition by Peter G. Northouse and Marie Lee applies leadership theories in educational settings.Designed to be used alongside Leadership: Theory and Practice 9th Edition, this casebook provides relevant, substantive, and contemporary case studies on leadership issues in Higher Education and K-12 Education.. Each of the 32 case studies include critical ...

  7. Fifty-five years of managerial shared leadership research: A review of

    The collective nature of leadership has increasingly been discussed in recent decades. This has materialised in empirical studies as well as in reviews, meta-analyses and theoretical papers (e.g. Crevani et al., 2007; Empson and Alvehus, 2020; Quick, 2017; Bolden, 2011; Ulhøi and Müller, 2014; Pearce and Conger, 2003; Wu et al., 2020). Denis et al. (2012) identify several streams of ...

  8. Leadership Theories and Case Study Approach

    Leadership Theories and Case Study Approach - Author: Hilary L. Coulson, Yali Zou, Frank Fernandez . Books and journals Case studies Expert Briefings Open Access. Publish with us Advanced search. To read this content please select one of the options below: Access and purchase options.

  9. Cases in Leadership

    Cases in Leadership. By connecting theory to practice, this distinctive collection of 30 real-world leadership cases from Ivey Publishing and 15 practitioner readings from the Ivey Business Journal helps students gain a better understanding of leadership and prepares them to be effective leaders today and throughout their future careers.

  10. Leadership Theories and Case Studies

    Effective leadership does not occur by chance. Leaders must be trained and groomed for the daunting responsibility of leading organizations. Research shows that half of the people currently in leadership positions will fail. Why they fail and what can be done to prevent failure are the main subjects of this book. It shows that effective leadership is possible and illustrates why and how, based ...

  11. Leadership Theories and Styles: A Literature Review

    1. Leadership Theories and Styles: A Litera ture Review. Zakeer Ahmed Khan_PhD Dr. Allah Na waz. Irfanullah Khan_PhD. Department of Public Administration, Go mal University, Dera Ismail Khan ...

  12. Leadership: Theory and Practice

    Each chapter of Peter Northouse's Leadership: Theory and Practice follows a consistent format, allowing students to contrast the various theories, and three case studies in each chapter provide practical examples of each theory or trait discussed. The Sixth Edition adds an important new chapter on Servant Leadership. Acknowledgments.

  13. Leadership Theories in Practice: Real-World Applications and Case Studies

    The case studies presented in this article demonstrate how different leadership theories can be effectively employed in diverse real-world contexts. Whether it's transformational leadership, situational leadership, servant leadership, authentic leadership, or contingency theory, leaders can draw upon these frameworks to inspire, motivate, and ...

  14. Leadership Articles, Research, & Case Studies

    Executives who confront new challenges with old formulas often fail. The best leaders tailor their approach, recalibrating their "action orientation" to address the problem at hand, says Ryan Raffaelli. He details three action orientations and how leaders can harness them. 05 Jul 2023.

  15. Leadership: Theory and Practice (5th edition)

    He explains the stages of leadership making and shows it in Table 8.1 (Phases in Leadership Making). Next, the author discusses how leader‐member exchange theory works and describes the strengths and weaknesses of the theory. Then, he clarifies the application of this theory in leadership and provides case studies.

  16. The Science of Leadership: A Theoretical Model and Research Agenda

    Vol. 1 (2014), pp. 173-197. More. . I review the empirical literature on leadership, focusing on papers published since 2010. To do so, I introduce a framework composed of two features: whether theories (a) involve the study of leaders or leading (i.e., the person versus the process) and (b) conceptualize leadership as a cause or a ...

  17. Full article: Transformational leadership effectiveness: an evidence

    Leadership models. Although almost every leadership researcher seems to propose a new or modified definition of the construct, leadership is generally operationalised in two ways: (1) leadership as a formal role or (2) leadership as a social influence (Yukl and Van Fleet Citation 1992).Most of the leadership research focuses on the latter, which it aims to understand through operationalisation ...

  18. Leadership theory and practice: a "case" in point

    A summary review of the literature on leadership theory is provided here first. A disguised real case concerning Ted Shade, a Vice‐President at Galactic Chips, Inc. is then provided which describes a manager who is extremely task‐oriented. The case analysis follows. It includes questions and answers which connect leadership theory to case ...


    ical thinking skills in individuals. In addition, case studies provide an avenue for using problem-solving skills and promote decision making in a nonthreatening environment (Popil, 2011). That is the goal behind . Leadership Case Studies in Education. Designed to be a companion book to Northouse's . Leadership: Theory and Practice

  20. Six ways of understanding leadership development: An exploration of

    There is also a specific type of critical studies that builds on understanding how leadership is given meaning in different situations but goes one step further by examining the patterns of power and relating them to broader institutional conditions (Alvesson and Spicer, 2012, 2014) as well as exploring the shadow side of leadership development ...

  21. Leadership Case Study

    This short case study on leadership explores the different theories concerning this concept, as well as the impact of great leaders on the world. ... Bolden et al. 2003, A Review of Leadership Theory and Competency Frameworks. Web. Gallos, J 2008, Business Leadership: A Jossey-Bass Reader, John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey.

  22. Leadership Beyond the Theory Case Studies

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