Foundation & Practical Elements of Leadership
This book presents and discusses some significant leadership elements which can help both aspiring and experienced leaders to lead their followers effectively, peacefully, and productively. The intent is that you will find strategies and tactics that you can use immediately in your work situation. You will find the book to be a “quick read,” but we hope that some of the tips will cause you to have a “long think.” The overall focus is on developing positive leadership skills, and on avoiding those things that undermine good leadership. Consequently, you will also find both “do’s” and “don’t’s.” Although the elements discussed in this book are geared primarily towards an organizational context, almost all are relevant for all types of leadership situations and positions. And, most of the suggestions are simply common sense. As you read this book, remember that there are exceptions to everything—nothing is absolute when dealing with people. Further, there are no concrete formulas or magic panaceas for leadership. Solid leadership is derived from keen observation and hard work. Everything presented here may not work for you. Pick those things that fit into your overall style. Remember that, when you arrive at the managerial level, your survival depends upon your being a good manager. To truly succeed, however, you must survive, manage well, and develop leadership skills.
About The Authors:
Dr. Danny R. Arnold is the Dean and Professor of Marketing in the Nelson Rusche College of Business Administration at Stephen F. Austin State University. He left the dean’s position at Missouri State University to arrive at SFASU in August 2010. He was previously at Frostburg State University, where the major challenge involved obtaining initial accreditation from AACSB International. This goal was achieved in 2005. He spent the previous nine years as Dean at New Mexico State University and took the College on a successful journey to reaffirmation of accreditation. Before that, he spent fifteen years at Mississippi State University, serving the last five years as Associate Dean. He has spent a total of twenty-two years dealing with AACSB accreditation issues. He has published a number of books and textbooks, including 106 Leadership Tips, multiple editions of Business Strategy and Policy and of Strategy and Business Policy: Cases, Policy Expert, Effective Communication Skills, and Strategic Retail Management. He has also published over 200 articles, papers, and books. His articles have been published in journals such as the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, The CPA Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Media Planning, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Health Care Marketing, Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, Journal of Services Marketing, Personnel Administrator, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and the Journal of Professional Services Marketing. He has a new book entitled 147 Publishing Tips for Professors.
Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi has a PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior. He joined Frostburg State University in 1989 and is
now a Professor and Dean of the College of Business. He received the Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching from College of Business in 1997 and from Frostburg State University in 1998 and 2003. He has published numerous papers in various refereed publications and made several presentations at national and international conferences. He has also conducted numerous workshops/seminars for business, not-for-profit, and government organizations. He has been an active member in professional organizations, and received several Awards as Track Chair, Program Chair and Organizer of national and international conferences for Academy of Business Administration, Atlantic Marketing Association, and In