The already extensive literature on leadership needs no repeating. This book takes a
fresh look at the leadership role from a number of different perspectives. One example
is in its emphasis on the persuasive requirements in leadership especially in today’s
new world in which so many social, economic, political, and technological changes
have taken place. Another is in its emphasis on looking to the arts and humanities and
to life examples for leadership persuasive principles instead of research carried out in
the field of organizational psychology.
My collaborating authors and I have, from the very beginning of this
project, struggled with the question of who is our audience and who
might benefit from the lessons that one can glean from such a story of
Fifteen years have passed since the publication of the fi rst edition of the Handbook of Bureaucracy
in 1994. Given that this period has been marked by an intense global movement of antibureaucracy,
antigovernment, and antipublic service and administration, the following questions are
quite natural: Why do we need another book on bureaucracy now? Does bureaucracy still matter?
Th e answer to these challenging questions is that despite this intense negative attitude toward
bureaucracy, global interest in the fi rst edition of this book has been overwhelming.
As a youth, I was exposed to football mania in northeastern Ohio. When
I was seven, I read about the University of Illinois football team that played
Army in the new municipal stadium in Cleveland. In the seventh grade, the
boys in my class were photographed as the North Madison Grade School
football team. Lacking the ability and time to play on the high school team,
I described interscholastic games for the school newspaper. As a college freshman,
I played in one game against the local seven-man high school team.
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