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The Art of Leadership and Supervision

Version 2.0
By Laura Portolese, Phil Upperman, and Robert Trumpy

Key Features

  • Over 75 hyperlinks to videos and webpages enrich online courses, engage students, and reinforce or augment many of the presented topics
  • Conversational writing style immediately engages the reader’s attention
  • Practical emphasis on “real-world” organizations and how they actually function, rather than simply presenting theoretical or ideal situations
  • The text narrative progresses through three phases of development: Self-Development/Leadership-Development, Applied Leadership, and Supervisory Development
  • Supportive learning features in each chapter:
    • An opening case illustrates a situation related to the chapter’s topics
    • “Learning Objectives” start each main section to preview the material to come and prepare students to learn
    • “Key Takeaways” at the end of every main section summarize new information while it is still fresh and encourage retention
    • “Exercises” at the end of every main section help develop critical thinking skills
    • “Chapter Summary” and “Chapter Case” reinforce material just learned and encourage students to apply concepts to real-world situations
    • Answer guidelines to all exercises and case questions are provided in the instructor’s manual
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The Art of Leadership and Supervision is appropriate for Leadership, Organizational Management, or Supervision 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.

The Art of Leadership and Supervision is inspired by the idea that leaders consciously leverage creative imagination. This imagination combines with their own technical, interpersonal, and decision-making skills, inspiring others to collaborate in order to fulfill the goals and mission of the organization. In addition to describing core leadership theories, The Art of Leadership and Supervision clearly outlines the practical implementations of those theories. This uniquely accomplished blend of theory and practice encourages students to thoughtfully consider their own leadership styles while immediately applying the concepts they have learned to their own daily lives. Plentiful self-assessments engage students while helping them determine their readiness for leadership and how they might respond to future leadership challenges and opportunities. 

New in This Version

  • Updated discussion of toxic leadership is covered earlier (Section 1.5)
  • New section on how to use theories in leadership studies (Section 3.2)
  • Reorganized discussion of trait theory (Section 3.2)
  • Updated coverage of assertiveness in leadership (Section 3.3)
  • Reorganized appendix (Section 3.5)
  • Streamlined and updated discussion of vision and mission statements (Sections 5.3 and 5.4)
  • New student web research exercise on mission statements (Section 5.4)
  • New codes of conduct examples (Section 9.2)
  • New section on diversity, inclusion, and the importance of having both in an organization to increase engagement (Section 10.3)
  • New discussion of internal and external diversity (Section 10.3) 
  • New self-assessment on unconscious bias (Section 10.3)
  • Deeper discussion of how to apply strategies as a leader for diversity and inclusion (Section 10.3)
  • Updated examples of potential performance issues, including issues that could be associated with remote work (Section 11.1)
  • New content on COVID-19 and how change management applies to such an event (Section 12.2)
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Instructor’s Manual

Instructor’s Manual

The Instructor’s Manual guides you through the main concepts of each chapter and important elements such as learning objectives, key terms, and key takeaways. Can include answers to chapter exercises, group activity suggestions, and discussion questions.

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PowerPoint Lecture Notes

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A PowerPoint presentation highlighting key learning objectives and the main concepts for each chapter are available for you to use in your classroom. You can either cut and paste sections or use the presentation as a whole.

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Laura Portolese Central Washington University

Laura Portolese (Doctorate, Argosy University) is Professor of Information Technology and Administrative Management in the College of Education and Professional Studies at Central Washington University. Laura is the author or co-author of four books with FlatWorld (Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Human Relations, and The Art of Leadership and Supervision). Laura also holds an MBA from City University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University. Laura is a prolific researcher, with publications focused in the areas of curriculum development and best practices in online learning. She has a Graduate Online Teacher Certificate from Central Washington University and a certificate from Oregon State University in E-learning Instructional Design and Development. Before beginning her academic career, Laura worked for several organizations in management and operations. She is also an entrepreneur who has performed consulting work for companies such as Microsoft.

Phil Upperman Central Washington University

Phil Upperman (EdD Seattle University) is Lecturer at Central Washington University. He possesses more than forty years of experience as leader, staff officer, lecturer, trainer, and instructor at mid-management and leadership development schools and universities. In addition to his doctorate, Phil holds a master’s degree in education and counseling psychology from Washington State University and a master’s degree in business management science from Troy University. He was previously a department chair in the department of military science at Seattle University. 

As an instructor at the United States Army Infantry School, Phil taught leadership, tactical and operational art and science, organizational management, and physical fitness development. At the United States Military Academy (West Point) he served as a university-level psychology counselor responsible for personal leadership development of cadets as individuals and in groups. Phil has twenty-eight years of service, commanding at the company and field-grade levels as a platoon leader, two company commands, and as a battalion commander. Phil has served on General Officer staffs as an Aide-de-Camp of a Corps Logistics Command, Chief of Operations at the Division and Battalion levels in the 101st Airborne Division, and as a Deputy Chief of Operations on the I Corps staff. At West Point he held the position of Deputy Garrison Commander (Deputy City Manager). He has also held several Executive Officer staff positions at the Brigade and Company levels. 

In the private industry sector, Phil held positions as a program, region, and national director for a technology education company serving government and private education programs. Phil has a proven experiential track record of long-term success and achievement in the areas of fiscal management, human resources, operations, marketing, organizational training, and operational and leadership program development. As an Army officer, he graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College, Officer Advanced (Mid-career) and Officer Basic (Entry-level) leadership courses, with a professional education focused on tactical and operational art and science, and organizational leadership and management.

Robert Trumpy Central Washington University

Robert Trumpy (EdD Seattle University) is Associate Professor of Administrative Management in the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) at Central Washington University. From 1998 to 2009, Robert was an administrator in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (Senior Director of Health and Counseling Services), having also served in the role as lecturer in the College of Education and Professional Studies for the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management. Robert’s industry experience includes more than twenty-three years in leadership and supervisory positions in the fields of health care, consultation and training, and higher education. He is certified to administer and interpret the Strong Interest Inventory as well as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a State of Washington licensed mental health counselor and a State of Wisconsin licensed clinical social worker.

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