Leadership for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, 4th ed.

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-57167-638-2

Author(s): Christopher R. Edginton, Susan D. Hudson, Kathleen G. Scholl, Lara Lauzon

Copyright year: 2011

Edition: 4th

Other Formats: eBook

pages: 549

Leadership for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services 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. It presents theoretical and foundational information on the work of the leader, followed by a presentation of the work of leaders within groups.

It also addresses leadership in a number of recreation, parks, and leisure service settings. It includes a variety of pedagogical elements including case studies; vignettes of significant, historical and current leaders; experiential learning experiences; and leadership perspectives from current recreation, parks, and leisure service professionals.

The authors have taught at the higher education levels. they also have served professional organizations such as the World Leisure Organization, the National Program for Playground Safety, and Together We Play.

Part 1: The Leader

Chapter 1: The Language of Leadership

Chapter 2: Caring and Ethical Leadership

Chapter 3: Leadership: Basic Concepts and Theories

Chapter 4: Leadership Roles

Chapter 5: Leading Change: Innovation, Decision Making, and Problem Solving


Part 2: The Group

Chapter 6: Leadership Across the Lifespan

Chapter 7: The Dynamics of Leadership in Groups

Chapter 8: Leadership and Motivation

Chapter 9: Leadership and Communication

Chapter 10: Leadership and Diversity


Part 3: The Setting

Chapter 11: Managing Risks

Chapter 12: Leadership in Outdoor and Aquatic Leisure Settings

Chapter 13: Leadership in Social Settings

Chapter 14: Leadership and Event Management

Chapter 15: Leadership and Programming

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