February 18, 1993
This important text, now in paperback, examines the concept of leadership as understood over the last 75 years and looks to the 21st-century for a reconstructed understanding of leadership in the postindustrial age. While leadership is been conceived of as good management, Rost offers a new definition and paradigm for leadership, distinguishing it from management in fundamental ways. The ethics of leadership from a postindustrial perspective completes the paradigm. And the text concludes with practical suggestions for helping to transform our understanding of leadership.
Joseph C. Rost received his Ph.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did his dissertation research on the passage of the law to merge Wisconsin’s two university systems. He then served as superintendent of schools of the Hartford, Wisconsin, Union High School District, northwest of Milwaukee.
In 1976, Rost accepted a position at the University of San Diego as a professor of leadership and administration in the School of Education to begin a master’s and credential program in school administration. In 1978, he helped inaugurate a doctoral program in leadership, and in 1981 a leadership minor for undergraduate students was started. Rost has written a number of papers on leadership, politics, and policy making, and consults with organizations on leadership.