Developing Leadership Abilities, 2nd edition

  • Arthur H. Bell
  • Dayle M. Smith

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“What kind of leader am I?  What kind of leader will I become?”


Developing Leadership Abilities, Second Edition was written to help college students get on the fast track to becoming a leader.  Providing dozens of practical examples, the book moves quickly while giving an organized, readable, and logical analysis of leadership.


The book offers the following pedagogical tools to help students reach their own leadership potential:

v      Insights Boxes–throughout the chapters ensure that key points stand out.

v      Your Turn features–give frequent opportunities to record personal experiences, insights, impressions, and questions.

v      Meet a Leader-- Introduces the reader successful leaders college and career environments.

v      Personal Leadership Plan--Helps students hone their skills in the leadership realm.

v      Assess Your Approach to Leadership –This brief exercise gives students an opportunity for self-reflection and a mirror on how their own background will affect their leadership qualities.

v      Summary–Located at the end of each chapter, reinforces the key points.


The book is brief enough to keep student interest and is based on solid empirical data.  The book’s conversational and interactive format answers the q uestions:  what makes a leader, what do leaders do, and how do leaders overcome problems?

Table of contents

Chapter One:  Surprising Facts about Leaders


Chapter Two:  Assessing Your Leadership Tendencies


Chapter Three:  Expressing Leadership Vision


Chapter Four:  Leadership by Listening


Chapter Five:  Leadership by Building Relationships and Team


Chapter Six:  Leadership by Defining Problems and Reaching Solutions


Chapter Seven:  Leadership by Motivating

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Published by Pearson (July 6th 2009) - Copyright © 2010