The proliferation of examples of poor leadership in political, religious, corporate and even grass roots circles is troubling, to say the least. Perhaps more troubling is the resulting cynicism—and apathy—on the part of populations who sorely desire, and deserve, better leadership and governance.
A new book from CBU Press, Governance and Social Leadership, by Dr. Robert A. Campbell, examines the inadequacies of current theories on leadership in order to help us better understand the process of leadership and to suggest mechanisms for change.
Professor Campbell teaches leadership and management in the MBA program in the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.
“There are many and varied sources for even more theories and practical advice on leadership,” says Campbell, but “too many simply play into an implied need for quick fixes and novelty and do not reflect what is actually going on in the world.”
Drawing upon a variety of academic disciplines, and guiding the reader through a maze of competing theories, Governance and Social Leadership examines the dynamic nature of organizations and human systems and our capacity, or incapacity, to act to solve problem, resolve conflicts and to motivate and organize for change.
Dr. Campbell has taught and lectured on various aspects of management, religion and sociology in university classrooms as well as in public settings. His published articles appear in such journals such as the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Management Inquiry, Organization and Environment and The Leadership Quarterly. His interest in the foundations of leadership in Islam resulted in two books on the subject of the Qur’an: Reading the Qur’an in English, An Introductory Guide and Women, War & Hypocrites: Studying the Qur’an, both from CBU Press.