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Leadership Theories and Case Studies

An Epidemiological Perspective

Author(s): Garry Wade McGiboney

Book Description

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 on research and case studies from an epidemiological perspective. The epidemiological word “determinant” is used frequently, and is a word that no other book on leadership uses. Epidemiologists work from two basic principles: namely, that all diseases have determinants and that diseases do not occur randomly. In other words, there are always causes for diseases and patterns that describe how diseases spread. Effective and ineffective leadership always have determinants that are not randomly distributed; the impacts are uniformly and deeply spread throughout an organization. Like the epidemiologists, this book not only identifies leadership determinants, but also provides research-based “antidotes” at the end of each chapter, along with a summary of the most salient points in the chapter. This book offers examples of leadership and governance from the non-profit sector, businesses, public and private education, higher education, and other organizations, highlighting over 50 case studies to illustrate concepts about leadership.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0937-5
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0937-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2018
Pages / Size: 355 / A5
Price: £68.99


Dr Garry Wade McGiboney has several years of experience in public education, having served in school level, district level, and state level positions. He has a PhD in School Psychology and Administration from Georgia State University, and is a certified psychologist and mediator. He is a member of several professional organizations, and was recently appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve on the Joint Study Committee on Mental Health Access. He also serves by appointment on the Georgia Supreme Court’s Justice for Children Committee. Dr McGiboney has over 30 publications on several youth-related issues to his credit, and he is the author of seven books, including The Private Side of Public Education, Student Relations and Discipline, Lessons for Leaders and Governing Boards, and The Psychology of School Climate. He has been interviewed by CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and NPR, and has been quoted in Time, the Wall Street Journal and many other international publications, including Le Devoir, Listin Diario, Japan Press, and Mato Grosso. Dr McGiboney is the recipient of several awards, including NAACP Educator of the Year; the National Association of School Psychologists National Friend of Children Award; School Counselors Advocate of the Year Award; Association of School Nurses Hero Award; and Mental Health America Board Member of the Year Award, among others. Recently, he was inducted into the Georgia Board of Regents Alumni Hall of Fame for his career-long efforts on behalf of children.