The principles of leadership can be effective in a wide variety of situations, but they often need to be applied in a very different manner depending on the circumstances and the constituent groups involved, according to Russell Palmer in his book Ultimate Leadership: Winning Execution Strategies for Your Situation. Effective leadership requires an understanding not just of the principles of leadership but also of the context in which those principles are applied.
The book starts by listing what the author describes as the basic principles of successful leadership, and then goes on to describe a number of different leadership contexts, including:
I found the book thoroughly entertaining, as the author recounted many of his experiences in his three different careers as managing partner of the international accounting firm Touche Ross (an organization of peers), dean of the Wharton School (an academic organization), and CEO of the Palmer Group (an entrepreneurial organization). However, given Wharton’s reputation for academic rigour, I was expecting a more comprehensive treatment of the subject of leadership. Nonetheless there is plenty of wisdom to be gleaned from the book, and I highly recommend it.