Leadership in Organizations, 9th edition

Published by Pearson (February 1, 2019) © 2020

  • Gary A. Yukl State University of New York, Albany
  • William L. Gardner Rawls College of Business, Texas



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For leadership courses.

An exploration of what makes an effective leader

Leadership in Organizations balances theory and application as it covers the major models and research on leadership and managerial effectiveness in organizations. Rather than detailing endless studies or prescribing how leaders must operate, it sticks to the major findings and offers recommendations. With this approach, readers understand the implications of their decisions and can determine the best courses of action.

The 9th Edition features new examples, citations and guidelines for better clarity and presentation. The text is a relevant, useful tool for students who expect to become managers in the near future.

Hallmark features of this title

A balance of theory and practice

  • Theory and practice are cohesively blended throughout every chapter of this text, presenting the information in a way that's valued by students, academics and practitioners.

Learner-focused resources

  • 1 or 2 End-of-Chapter Cases on real organizations and individuals ask readers to analyze behavioral processes, identify examples of effective or ineffective behavior, and suggest effective ways to handle situations.
  • Guidelines show how leadership theories and research can be used to improve the practice of management.
  • Personal Reflection exercises help students think critically and apply the leadership concepts they're learning about.

New and updated features of this title

The latest information on effective leadership

  • REVISED: Material in each chapter has been revised for clarity and understanding.
  • NEW: Examples on effective and ineffective leadership have been added to every chapter.
  • UPDATED: 500+ citations on recent research have been added throughout the text.
  • REVISED: The number of chapters was reduced to remove any old/irrelevant theories and improve the organization of content. The order of chapters was modified to improve the explanation of related topics. And the design was updated to enhance its accessibility.

1. The Nature of Leadership
2. Leadership Behavior
3. The Leadership Situation and Adaptive Leadership
4. Decision Making and Empowerment by Leaders
5. Leading Change and Innovation
6. Power and Influence Tactics
7. Leader Traits and Skills
8. Charismatic and Transformational Leadership
9. Values-Based and Ethical Leadership
10. Dyadic Relations and Followers
11. Leadership in Teams and Decision Groups
12. Strategic Leadership in Organizations
13. Cross-Cultural Leadership and Diversity
14. Developing Leadership Skills
15. Overview and Integration

About our authors

Gary Yukl

After more than 45 years of studying leadership, Dr. Gary Yukl is highly qualified to write about the subject. His highest academic degree is a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from UC Berkeley. He is an emeritus professor at SUNY, Albany, where before retiring he taught highly-rated courses in leadership at the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral level.

He is still a member of the editorial board for several important journals that publish articles on leadership theory and research. His own publications include many articles on leadership, and he has received a number of awards for best research article and most cited article. He has also received 2 lifetime achievement awards for his research and publications: the 2007 Walter Ulmer Applied Research Award from the Center for Creative Leadership, and the 2011 Eminent Leadership Scholar Award from the Academy of Management Network of Leadership Scholars.

He has consulted with many business and public-sector organizations to help them improve the effectiveness of their managers, and the leadership development programs he designed for a consulting company were used by managers and administrators in many organizations. Some of the practical guidelines presented in this book are from management development programs found to improve the effectiveness of the participants.

For his exceptional research and scholarship he was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management.

William L. Gardner, III

Drawing on his 40 plus years of teaching and researching leadership, Dr.William (Bill) Gardner is well positioned to share his insights on leaders and effective leadership. His highest academic degree is a DBA from Florida State University. He holds the Jerry S. Rawls Chair in Leadership and serves as the Director of the Institute for Leadership Research in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

He previously held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his career, he has taught well received leadership and management courses at the undergraduate, masters, professional MBA and doctoral levels. Currently, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Group & Organization Management and an Associate Editor for The Leadership Quarterly. He has published numerous high impact articles focused on leadership in top tier journals and received several best paper and most cited article recognitions.

In 2011, he received the Distinguished Doctoral Alumni Award from the College of Business at Florida State University. In 2015, Texas Tech recognized him as an “Integrated Scholar”, an honor bestowed to “a faculty member who not only demonstrates outstanding teaching, research, and service, but is able to generate synergy among the 3 functions.” In recognition of his extensive contributors to the Southern Management Association (SMA), including his service as President and an SMA Fellow, he received the “James G. (Jerry) Hunt Sustained Outstanding Service Award” in 2017.

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