Foundations of Leadership

Principles, Practice, And Progress

Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University
Brittany Devies, Florida State University

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership Learning. Editor(s): Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University.

In Press 2024

This book explores the foundations of leadership by confronting common assumptions and provides language for engaging in the leadership process as a leader and a follower. This practical book was designed for college students who are interested in learning more about the process of leadership, leaders in formal and informal roles, as well as educators and professionals who work with student leaders on college campuses. However, this book is also accessible to high school students, as well as graduate students ready to focus on their leadership learning.

Foundations of Leadership: Principles, Practice, and Progress frames leadership as a process in which followers and leaders engage in a specific context. It offers learning opportunities for students to personally reflect, engage with others, and sharpen their own leadership practice. Each chapter focuses on important foundational topics of leadership with features to engage readers to getting the most out of this book. Features include framing at the beginning of each chapter to prepare for learning and stopping points to reflect on their learning throughout the chapters. Each chapter concludes with questions for students to reflect on their own, discussions questions for reflection with others, and activities to “level up” their leadership learning. This book is designed to be accessible for students in a classroom setting, student organizations, community groups, and individual learning opportunities.

CHAPTER 1: Introduction to the Foundations of Leadership. CHAPTER 2: Leader: Putting Principles to Practice. CHAPTER 3: Follower: Putting Principles to Practice. CHAPTER 4: Honoring the Complexity of Context: Moving Practice to Progress. CHAPTER 5: Navigating the Complexity of the Both/And. CHAPTER 6: Amplifying Principles, Practice, and Progress of Leadership. References. Author Biographies.