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Leadership for Organizations

Version 2.1
By David A. Waldman and Charles O’Reilly

Key Features

  • Leadership Videos. Embeds 23 video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Leadership in Focus” and 5 video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Medal of Honor” video collections. These videos illustrate leadership theories and concepts as they challenge students to problem-solve about typical leadership dilemmas
  • Current. Features a timely section on contemporary issues in leadership including moral leadership, giving feedback, shared leadership, and inspirational leadership. At a more macro level, a section on visionary and strategic leadership covers important topics such as how leaders can effectively shape organizational culture and lead change
  • Supportive learning structure
    • “Learning Objectives” at the beginning of each chapter help guide and focus students’ learning and stimulate student/faculty interactions
    • “Key Terms” are highlighted and defined in context
    • Twenty-three embedded video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Leadership in Focus” video collection
    • Five video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Medal of Honor” video collection
    • “Conclusion” briefly summarizes the preceding chapter to reinforce learning while it is fresh
    • “Discussion Questions” at the end of every chapter draw from the chapter and/or its Appendix material to stimulate deeper analysis of recently covered content and information drawn from self-report inventories. Guidelines for suggested responses are included in the instructor’s manual
    • Appendices at the ends of many chapters contain
      • Self-report inventories that help students better understand their leadership strengths and abilities
      • Additional, written case materials to form the basis of class discussions
  • Instructor’s manual (IM), sample syllabus, and PowerPoint slides are prepared by the authors themselves to enrich presentations and stimulate class discussions. Extensive teaching notes in the IM are keyed to each video and in the context of a particular leadership topic (e.g., leader-member exchange, ethical leadership, etc.)


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Leadership for Organizations is appropriate for Leadership courses taught primarily in departments of business or management at the undergraduate level at two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as at the MBA level. This book may also be used in leadership courses that are offered in other colleges or departments, such as public policy, military science, nursing, and education.


Leadership for Organizations is a concise, yet complete overview of leadership at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Its unique, video-based approach is grounded in the authors’ extensive teaching, research, and consulting experiences. They have discovered that exposing students to a variety of role models captured on video is a highly effective strategy for preparing successful future leaders. Consequently, the authors carefully curated and embedded in the book 23 video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Leadership in Focus” and 5 video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Medal of Honor” video collections. Many videos were scripted and filmed expressly for use in the book. The videos center around 13 key leadership topics, and each topic is typically illustrated by multiple videos.


Leaders featured in the embedded videos range from first-time managers to CEOs of global corporations. Through storytelling, each featured leader serves as a role model who describes in very personal terms the challenges they have faced, decisions they have made, and the impacts of those decisions. Such storytelling not only engages students but also helps them evaluate and develop their own leadership skills as they imagine how they would confront similar situations. Class discussions based on the videos, either face-to-face or online, form the core compon

New in This Version

  • Version 2.1 includes five new video cases drawn from Stanford Graduate School of Business’s “Medal of Honor” video collection
  • Reflects the recent updates to Version 2.0:
    • Updated throughout
    • Includes additional self-report inventories (e.g., Ch. 11)
    • New information such as organizational culture and competitive advantage (Ch. 12)
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Instructor’s Manual

Instructor’s Manual

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David A. Waldman Arizona State University Tempe

David Waldman (PhD Colorado State University) is Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. His research interests focus largely on leadership processes, especially paradoxical leadership, and he is recognized as largely originating the concept of responsible leadership, which involves understanding leadership processes in the realm of corporate social responsibility. In 2020, David was recognized with the Network of Leadership Scholars Eminent Leadership Award. Much of David’s work has been interdisciplinary in nature, and his work on organizational neuroscience has been well received in both academic and practitioner circles, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology, as well as write-ups in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and the Financial Times. With regard to those efforts, he is the recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Organizational Neuroscience interest group of the Academy of Management.

David’s accomplishments include more than 130 articles in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Personnel Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods, and The Leadership Quarterly. According to Google Scholar, David’s work has been cited over 33,000 times, and he is among the top 2 percent of scientists in the world in terms of citation impact. He has also published five books on 360-degree feedback, leadership and open communication, organizational neuroscience, leadership in organizations, and micro-foundations of corporate social responsibility. David has been a principal investigator on grants and research contracts approximating almost $2 million from agencies such as DARPA. This work includes a recent grants from NSF and the Kauffman Foundation examining entrepreneurship among scientists in academia and federal laboratories. David is a fellow of the Academy of Management for which he recently spearheaded a successful effort to add a new interest group, "Organizational Neuroscience" (NEU). David is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 

Charles O’Reilly Stanford University

Charles O’Reilly (PhD University of California at Berkeley) is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Management at Stanford University. Charles has taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School. He has published over 100 papers and three books. Several of his papers have won awards such as The Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award in 1995 and 1998 and The California Management Review Accenture Award in 1996 and 2009.

Charles has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Division Lifetime Achievement Award He has also received the Distinguished Teaching Award for MBA teaching at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Charles has consulted for a variety of public and private firms in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. He also has developed, directed, and taught in executive programs for senior managers in innovation, technology, leadership, change, and human resources.

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