During the past several decades, there have been a large number of books and articles written about leaders and leadership that have appeared in the popular press and on the shelves at your local bookstore. Many lessons can be learned from the anecdotal comments coming from these popular writers, the men and women leaders of today’s organizations and those who have chosen to observe and write about them. In this course, you will be expected to review one or more of the popular books or several related leadership articles and to prepare a 5- to 7-page summary.  Please see the report rubric for point assignments, and note that plagiarism can result in a score of zero.


  1. Starting from the first week of the course:
    1. Select and read one of the popular books written about leaders and leadership. See the Bibliography Preview the documentfor idea. (If you choose a book, you do not need to read it the same way you read a textbook. A book can be read quickly and lightly. You can extract the essence from works of this nature without reading each word and line with “pain-staking detail.” You may find the essence of the author’s work in the first chapter, sometimes it appears in the last chapter, sometimes it is spread throughout the book.)
    2. Select and read several related leadership articles.
  2. Write a 5- to 7-page summary of the author’s work—you have selected. You must include the following headings:
    1. Summary
    2. Leadership Concepts Involved
    3. Global and Domestic Implications
    4. Application to Ethical and Socially Responsible Standards
    5. Conclusion
  3. Use the following format guidelines for the paper:
    1. Your file should be in either Microsoft word (.doc or .docx) or rich text (.rtf) format.
    2. Use the APA format for writing papers.  See the Purdue Online Writing Lab (Links to an external site.) for guidelines. (Links to an external site.)

Your work is to be a summary and not a personal critique of the book or series of articles.