Book Review: Joseph C. Rost’s Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

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Joseph C. Rost's book, Leadership in the 21st Century, is a recommended book for leadership enthusiasts. Good read. Joseph C. Rost’s book, Leadership in the 21st Century, is a recommended book for leadership enthusiasts. Good read.

Joseph C. Rost, in his book, Leadership for the Twenty-First Century, proposes a new paradigm for leadership studies. He asserts that the old industrial paradigm of leadership prevalent in the 20th century should move forward to the post-industrial understanding of leadership in the 21st century to fit in the post-modern era. He asserts that akin to “scientific revolutions” (Thomas Kuhn), the industrial understanding of leadership as “good management” (Rost, p. 10) has yielded certain anomalies both intellectually and practically (p.9).

According to Rost, leadership practitioners need 1) to define the concept of leadership and 2) to develop a “new leadership narrative with revised myths and rituals that fit the post industrial paradigm” (p. 36). These intellectual and practical anomalies should lead to a paradigm shift that would change the…

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