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Fact and Fantasy about Leadership

Micha Popper, University of Haifa, Israel
This inspiring book posits that followers are the key to understanding the leadership phenomenon. It analyses leader–follower dynamics in social and organizational settings and in politics which will strongly appeal to students of social psychology, sociology, management and political sciences. The book provides examples and in-depth analyses of ‘the psychology of followership in everyday life’ and will therefore prove invaluable for managers. A special emphasis is given to leader–follower dynamics at various levels of organizational life.
Extent: 168 pp
Hardback Price: $111.00 Web: $99.90
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85793 614 1
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78100 711 2
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  • Business and Management
  • Business Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational and Occupational Psychology
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Leadership
Why are we attracted to leaders? Does this attraction have universal origins or is it culture-bound? Why and how are certain concepts and myths regarding leaders generated? Analysing the psychology of followers, this unique book explores these important questions. Micha Popper expertly offers new and surprising insights regarding the leadership phenomenon whilst providing relevant examples.

This inspiring book posits that followers are the key to understanding the leadership phenomenon. It analyses leader–follower dynamics in social and organizational settings and in politics which will strongly appeal to students of social psychology, sociology, management and political sciences. The book provides examples and in-depth analyses of ‘the psychology of followership in everyday life’ and will therefore prove invaluable for managers. A special emphasis is given to leader–follower dynamics at various levels of organizational life.
‘The author provides a thoughtfully explored, wide-ranging description of the literature, and concludes that followership deserves more attention than it has in the past. In focusing on followers as the chief producers of the phenomenon, the book is one of the few attempts to deviate from the common model of explaining leadership with reference to the leader’s characteristics and action. This creative and challenging book will be important to social psychologists, sociologists, managers, and political scientists.’
– D. Sydiaha, Choice

‘Firmly grounded in psychological knowledge, based on detailed historical case studies, highly readable, and offering a multitude of examples from many leadership spheres, Popper’s book offers a fresh and important perspective from which to understand the phenomenon of leadership. It is one of the very few attempts to deviate from the extant paradigm of explaining leadership with reference to the leader’s characteristics and actions and focus instead on the followers as the chief producers of the phenomenon. This perspective challenges some of the basic assumptions on which current practices of leader selection and training are based.’
– Boas Shamir, Hebrew University, Israel
Contents: Introduction 1. Another Book About Leadership? 2. Leadership as a Psychological Phenomenon 3. Fictionalization of Leadership 4. The Big Picture Conclusion References Index