Dr. Klenke has three books pertaining to leadership that are currently available at

Women in Leadership: Contextual Dynamics and Boundaries [Hardcover]

Women leaders in many parts of the world have leadership opportunities that never existed before as a result of technology, globalization, and demographic shifts that have produced more female graduates than in the past and created a workforce which consists almost 50% of women. At the same time, objectifying women in contexts such as sports and the media or the patriarchal ideology that permeates contexts such as the military and the church have changed very little. This book acknowledges the context-dependent nature of leadership proposing that the context in which women exercise leadership is critically important in shaping their leadership style. Each chapter opens with a vignette of an extraordinary women leader representing the context, including Angela Merkel, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, and Marie Curie. What is the future of women’s leadership in the global environment characterized by ambiguity, uncertainty, increasing interdependence and interconnectivity? Find out in “Women in Leadership”, the new book from award-winning author Karin Klenke, a highly regarded on women in leadership and accomplished leadership scholar and educator.

Editorial Comments

  • “This breadth of empirical locations is a welcome addition to leadership studies, as it breaks away from the dominance of work organisations as sites of enquiry and immediately offers the potential for fresh insights on why it continues to be the case that most leaders are men”
  • “One cannot fail to be impressed by the extent of Klenke’s research”
  • “This book offers fresh insight into the leadership phenomenon and reminds us that despite the slow pace of gender equality, women have been and continue to be leaders in a wide variety of contexts” –Carole Elliott (Hull University Business School, UK), writing for the Times Higher Education magazine

Despite women’s inroads in many leadership contexts such as education, some of these contexts such as the military remain largely male-dominated. But at least the notion that context is critically important as it shapes theory and practice of leadership has now moved to center stage states Klenke.  Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. –Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857245619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857245618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches

Qualitative Research in the Study of Leadership [Hardcover]

Although an increasingly growing number of books on qualitative research methods are currently available, there is not a text that examines the use of qualitative research methods in the context of the study of leadership which has produced a voluminous body of research. This book is intended to fill this void. It discusses the use of qualitative research methods in leadership studies beginning with an examination of the paradigmatic assumptions underlying qualitative research. The book chronicles the gradually increasing legitimacy of qualitative inquiry in a discipline in which the hegemony of the quantitative paradigm continues to prevail. A variety of qualitative methods are presented that can be placed on a continuum ranging from purely qualitative (e.g., phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory) to highly quantitative (e.g., certain forms of content analysis, historiometry and mixed methods designs). The book also includes a chapter on the use nontextual, image-based sources of data for qualitative leadership research. For each of the qualitative methods discussed, empirical leadership research illustrating the application of these methods is reviewed and analyzed. The book is intended for students of leadership ranging from graduate students to seasoned leadership scholars. Finally, it was written with leadership practitioners in mind who wish to broaden their understanding of new developments in leadership research.

Editorial Reviews

“One of the most impressive books to emerge in the field of leadership studies in recent years.”
— William Howe, Jepson School of Leadership Studies

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing (April 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0080464106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0080464107
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches

Klenke, K. (2005). The internal theater of the authentic leader: Integrating cognitive, affective and spiritual facets of authentic leadership. In W. Gardner, B. Avolio, and F. Walumba (Eds.). Authentic Leadership Theory and Practice: Origins, Effects and Development (pp. 155-182).

Authentic Leadership bookIn “The Internal Theater of the Authentic Leader: Integrating Cognitive, Affective, Conative, and Spiritual Facets of Authentic Leadership” Dr. Klenke expands the discussion of authentic leadership and presents a model of authentic leadership that identifies four sets of antecedents: (1) cognitive aspects such as self-efficacy and moral capacity; (2) affective components to include emotional intelligence, hope, optimism and passion/compassion; (3) a motivational or conative component represented by self-motivation and the motivation to lead; and finally (4) the spiritual facet anchored in self-transcendence, meaning/purpose and self-sacrifice. Like other models of authentic leadership, Dr. Klenke’s model is theoretically anchored in positive psychology. However, unlike other existing frameworks, this model includes a specific focus on the spiritual components of authentic leadership. The four antecedents are treated as predictors of authentic leadership and followership and an authentic team culture.

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