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The Leadership Experience, 7th Edition

  • Richard L. Daft
  • ISBN-10: 133710227X
  • ISBN-13: 9781337102278
  • 528 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Give students the critical leadership skills and solid understanding of today’s theory needed to become effective leaders in today’s turbulent times with THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE, 7E. Acclaimed author Richard Daft helps students explore the latest thinking in leadership theory as well as contemporary practices at work within organizations throughout the world. Students examine emerging topics, including enhancement of emotional intelligence, leadership vision and courage, and leadership of virtual teams, and they connect those topics to recent world events such as ethical scandals, leader successes and mistakes, and political turmoil. Packed with memorable examples and unique insights into actual leadership decisions, this full-color text includes crisp, clear visuals to reinforce the book’s engaging presentation. This edition’s proven applications, designed for today’s leadership theory and applications course, and a solid foundation grounded in established scholarly research make the topic of leadership come alive for students. In addition, THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE is available with MindTap, an integrated text and online learning solution that enhances understanding of course content and offers opportunities to extend learning.


  • EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISES CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO APPLY CONCEPTS AND ASSESS PERSONAL PROGRESS. Each chapter ends with a “Leadership at Work” experiential exercise that provides additional opportunities for students to face leadership challenges and test their abilities to apply the chapter’s concepts. These proven exercises and feedback questionnaires provide an exceptional tool for students to assess their personal leadership skills and progress as developing leaders.

  • CHAPTER-OPENER AND “IN THE LEAD” MEMORABLE EXAMPLES VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATE CHAPTER THEORIES. Loaded with new, striking examples of leaders in both traditional and contemporary organizations, this edition opens each chapter with an example that launches the chapter’s content. Additional “In the Lead” examples in each chapter spotlight activities within a wide variety of organizations ranging from education, the military, and government to businesses and nonprofit groups.

  • “LEADERSHIP BOOKSHELF” REVIEWS MEANINGFUL RESOURCES THAT BUILD ON CHAPTER CONTENT. To help students continue their learning beyond the classroom, each chapter highlights a recent book that relates to the chapter’s content. These “Leader’s Bookshelf” features connect students to the emerging issues and topics of importance that today’s leaders are researching and discussing, whether in academia, business, the military, or nonprofit organizations.

  • “LEADER’S SELF-INSIGHTS” ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO EXAMINE PERSONAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS. Engaging “Leader’s Self-Insight” boxes encourage your students to pause for a meaningful self-assessment of their personal abilities and aptitude for leadership. Students experience leadership issues in a personal way as they complete questionnaires, scenarios, and carefully selected activities.

  • “CONSIDER THIS!” FEATURES PROVIDE MEMORABLE INSIGHTS INTO LEADERSHIP TOPICS. Students will remember key points as “Consider This!” boxes within each chapter offer personal and compelling pieces of timeless wisdom or inspiring quotes from famous leaders.


“The text was easy for my students to read, easy to understand, and well laid out in terms of flow.”
— Jeffrey Fisher, ERAU

About the Author

Richard L. Daft

Richard L. Daft is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management and Principal Senior Lecturer in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Professor Daft specializes in the study of organization theory and leadership and is a fellow of the Academy of Management. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and Journal of Management Education. He was the associate editor-in-chief of Organization Science and served for three years as associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Professor Daft has authored or co-authored 14 books and written dozens of scholarly articles, papers and chapters in other books. .

Table of Contents

1. What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?
2. Traits, Behaviors, and Relationships.
3. Contingency Approaches to Leadership.
4. The Leader as an Individual.
5. Leadership Mind and Heart.
6. Courage and Moral Leadership.
7. Followership.
8. Motivation and Empowerment.
9. Leadership Communication.
10. Leading Teams.
11. Developing Leadership Diversity.
12. Leadership Power and Influence.
13. Creating Vision and Strategic Direction.
14. Shaping Culture and Values.
15. Leading Change.

New to this edition

  • INTERACTIVE SELF-ASSESSMENTS. One of the hallmark features of the text, the Leader’s Self-Insight assessments include interactive versions within MindTap®. Students can complete the full assessment online; accompanying activities link the concepts to the relevant chapter material.
  • INTERACTIVE CASES. Instructors who want to incorporate additional cases into their courses now have the option of assigning an online-exclusive case for each chapter that includes the full text of the case and interactive activities with immediate scoring and feedback.
  • MEDIA QUIZZES. Leadership videos connect the text’s concepts with current, real-world situations. The videos are viewable online and include accompanying assessment activities.
  • LEADERSHIP AT WORK ACTIVITIES. Each chapter’s Leadership at Work exercises may be completed and submitted online for students who prefer working in a digital environment.
  • CURRENT EVENT ASSIGNMENTS. These assignments take Business Insights articles reported in popular press today and allow students to apply critical-thinking skills to answer discussion questions as assessment activities through MindTap®.
  • EXTENDED ONLINE RESOURCES. Students have the opportunity to access the Cengage KnowNOW blog and Business Insights Essentials, enabling even more connections to the realm of business and leadership.
  • UPDATED EXAMPLES. Examples have been thoroughly updated to reflect current trends and the constant evolution of leadership theories.
  • LEARNING FEATURES REFLECT THE LATEST LEADERSHIP TRENDS. Popular applications and fresh learning features within each chapter reflect the most current business information and emerging leadership trends. A variety of features --” In the Lead,” “Consider This!” and “Leader’s Bookshelf”-- help prepare students for today’s emerging leadership challenges and quickly changing roles.
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CASES PREPARE STUDENTS TO EXCEL. These short, problem-oriented cases put students’ skills to the test, requiring students to apply concepts learned to real, timely issues. Cases challenge students’ cognitive understanding of leadership ideas while providing opportunities to perfect the skills most critical for leadership success.
  • ENHANCED TEST BANK HELPS PROVIDES MORE EFFECTIVE STUDENT ASSESSMENT. The test bank has been thoroughly revised to reflect the text’s current content. In addition, the test bank and online homework problems are now more tightly integrated, ensuring that students will experience consistency in question types and difficulties when transitioning from homework material to formal assessments.
  • CENGAGE LEARNING TESTING POWERED BY COGNERO. Cognero is a flexible online system that allows you to author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 1337102296 | ISBN-13: 9781337102292)
Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1337102334 | ISBN-13: 9781337102339)

Cengage Learning Testing powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Management, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Daft's The Leadership Experience  (ISBN-10: 133710230X | ISBN-13: 9781337102308)

MindTap Management for Daft’s The Leadership Experience, 7th Edition, is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today’s students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.

Student Supplements

MindTap Management, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Daft's The Leadership Experience  (ISBN-10: 133710230X | ISBN-13: 9781337102308)

MindTap Management for Daft’s The Leadership Experience, 7th Edition, provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time. You can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn, with course material customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you’ll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.