Leadership Today

Practices for Personal and Professional Performance

  • Joan Marques
  • Satinder Dhiman

Part of the Springer Texts in Business and Economics book series (STBE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Soft Skills

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-6
    2. Joan Marques
      Pages 7-19
    3. Michelle C. Bligh
      Pages 21-42
    4. Timothy Ewest
      Pages 43-57
    5. Richard Barrett
      Pages 59-73
    6. Isaac Wanasika, Keiko Krahnke
      Pages 75-88
    7. Puneet Kumar Bindlish, Sharda Nandram
      Pages 89-109
    8. Svetlana S. Holt, Adam Wood
      Pages 111-138
    9. Satinder Dhiman
      Pages 139-160
    10. Satinder Dhiman
      Pages 161-177
    11. Joan Marques
      Pages 179-195
    12. Eleni Tzouramani
      Pages 197-216
    13. Christian Stamov Roßnagel
      Pages 217-228
    14. Silvia Biraghi, Rossella Chiara Gambetti, Stephen Quigley
      Pages 229-247
    15. Frederick Evers, Iris Berdrow
      Pages 249-261
    16. W. R. (Bill) Klemm
      Pages 263-278
    17. Maria Humphries, Sheeba Asirvatham
      Pages 279-295
    18. Ruth H. Axelrod
      Pages 297-313
    19. Frederick S. Southwick, Brenda L. Martini, Dennis S. Charney, Steven M. Southwick
      Pages 315-333
    20. Kimberly K. Merriman
      Pages 335-350
  3. Hard Skills

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-352
    2. Joan Marques
      Pages 353-370
    3. Bettina Gehrke, Marie-Thérèse Claes
      Pages 371-385
    4. K. Sankaran, Moshin Ahmed
      Pages 387-399
    5. Joseph C. Santora, Gil Bozer
      Pages 401-413
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 415-419

About this book


This textbook provides a clear understanding of leadership needs in today’s business world, explained within the scope of hard and soft leadership skills. It captures qualities and skills such as spirituality, empathy, moral behavior, mindfulness, empathy, problem solving, self-confidence, ambition, knowledge, global understanding, and information technology. This text explains and provides guidelines for the implementation of each skill and includes examples from contemporary and historical leaders inviting the reader to consider each quality and engage in self-reflection. This book deviates from excessive theoretical descriptions presenting a timely, hands-on approach to leadership.  

Even though leadership, as a phenomenon, has been studied extensively in the past decades, it remains a challenge as times, needs, and perceptions change and the world increasingly merges into a global village. Numerous leadership styles have been developed, varying from resonant, servant, and laissez faire, to authentic, authoritative, and coercive; from charismatic and team, to transformational and transactional leadership. And while each leadership style harbors a wealth of qualities, strategies, and behavioral guidelines toward successful implementation, there are critical overarching themes that keep emerging, regardless of the “label” one chooses.

In recent years, an important distinction has been established in leadership qualities: soft and hard skills. Soft skills are reflective in nature, and entail qualities such as empathy, motivation, self-awareness, self-regulation, and social skills. In leadership performance, the application of soft skills entails a combination of interpersonal and social skills. Hard skills are more of a measurable nature. They encompass analytical and technical skills. Both soft and hard skills are important for leaders because they complement one another.

Featuring contributions form academics and professionals from around the world, this text will be of interest to students, researchers, professionals in business and leadership who aspire to lead beyond their immediate environment.


Ambition Authenticity Creativity Emotional intelligence Empathy Ethics Hard skills Knowledge Leadership Mindfulness Moral behavior Problem solving Self-confidence Soft skills Spirituality Team performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Marques
    • 1
  • Satinder Dhiman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of BusinessWoodbury UniversityBurbankUSA
  2. 2.School of BusinessWoodbury UniversityBurbankUSA

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