This book presents new perspectives on the importance of leadership in the profession. Integrating theory with practice, the book provides foundational perspectives in the study of leadership at all levels -- direct service, supervisory, managerial and community/civic -- in recreation, parks and leisure service settings. Organised into three sections, the first portion of the book presents theoretical and foundational information on the work of the leader. This is followed by a presentation of the work of leaders within groups. The last section addresses leadership in a number of recreation, parks and leisure service settings. New chapters in this addition include Caring and Ethical Leadership; Leading Change: Innovation, Decision Making and Problem Solving; Leadership and Diversity and Leadership and the Programming Process. The book includes a variety of pedagogical elements including marginal quotes, case studies, vignettes of significant, historical and current leaders, experiential learning experiences and leadership perspectives from current recreation, parks and leisure service professionals. A North American perspective is offered including examples from Canada and the United States.
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