Second Edition

Leadership: Leaders, Followers, Environments

Leadership is more than a being a leader. This textbook presents a holistic and readable overview of leadership. The dynamics of leadership involve leaders, followers and their environments — the organizational contexts within which leading and following take place.


o   Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Communication and Leadership,

o   Teach for America,

o   Power and Leadership in Shakespeare’s Henry V

o   George Custer: The Boy General and

o   Walmart de México

Case Studies 

Six case studies are included that are tailored to the text. The cases cover a variety of leadership episodes and engage students in thinking critically about key leadership concepts.


Coverage of leadership and team results discusses the effectiveness and outcomes of the entire leadership process—including attracting and retaining talented colleagues and the impact of organizational environments on group outcomes.


Leadership presented as a process through the “triangle” approach, including the leader, a group of followers, and the organizational settings where the leader-follower interactions occur.

Toxic Leadership

Unique and innovative chapter on Toxic Leadership that highlights the importance of organizational and societal environments and conditions in fostering toxic leadership. The characteristics of destructive leaders and susceptible followers are also described.

About Laura Lunsford

Laura Lunsford is an expert in mentoring and leadership. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Germany), she has written over 50 peer-reviewed articles, case studies and chapters on leadership and mentoring. She wrote the definitive guide for mentoring programs The Mentor’s Guide: Five steps to build a successful mentor program, now in its second edition. She co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. Laura received the International Mentoring Association’s Hope dissertation award. Fun and engaging, she consults with organizations on effective mentoring and coaching. A professor of psychology at Campbell University, a beautiful liberal arts college in rural NC, Laura enjoys her Japanese Zen Garden, cycling, kayaking, and karate (and holds a black belt in Shoto kan) in addition to eating her husband’s cooking. A Rotarian, she volunteers with the American Red Cross.

About Art Padilla

Professor Art Padilla teaches and writes about organizational leadership and strategy. He currently serves as the head of the Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (MIE) department at NC State where he oversees the work of 30 faculty and staff members.?Before returning to his alma mater, Dr. Padilla served as academic vice president in the 16-campus University of North Carolina, administering the review and establishment academic programs and centers across the 16 campuses. Since returning to Raleigh, he has served as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Secretary of the University. In 2006, the NC State Board of Trustees unanimously awarded Dr. Padilla the Holladay Medal (named after the university's first president), the foremost honor a faculty member may receive for contributions in teaching, research, and public service. He has also won two Fulbright Scholarships for study abroad and is a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Foundation. He has written extensively about leadership and management of higher education and of multi-campus universities, both in professional journals and in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education.

Engages Students

It engages students with mini cases featuring themes that leaders and followers regularly encounter, such as: mentoring and developing talent, ethics, integrity and credibility, teams, and toxic leadership.

Holistic Approaches

It is the only book written that reflects where the field is moving (from leader-centric theories to more holistic approaches).

Leadership Context

 applies to any leadership context through its five case studies that make the book applicable to students in educational leadership, business schools, military leadership, rural leadership and more.

Second Edition

Leadership: Leaders, Followers, Environments (Second Edition)

Leadership is more than a being a leader. This textbook presents a holistic and readable overview of leadership. The dynamics of leadership involve leaders, followers and their environments — the organizational contexts within which leading and following take place. This triangle approach illustrates a more comprehensive view of leadership by focusing on all three dynamics. Students benefit from taking the evidence-based inventories to learn more about their leadership preferences. Six in-depth case studies add to the textbook and invite students to explore the application of leadership theory to practice. Each chapter ends with key terms, comprehension questions, and class activities. Chapters in this book draw on contemporary research and mini-cases to engage students in learning about themes of leadership focused on topics such as: ethics, effective communication, teams, mentoring, and toxic leadership. This book features integration of the case studies in the chapters along with updated literature and mini-cases. Chapter summaries, test banks, sample syllabi, and slide decks, designed by the authors, are a new addition for instructors.