Leadership in Leisure Services, 4th ed.

Making a Difference
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Author(s): Debra J. Jordan
Ronald Ramsing

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Often requested and fully updated, the 4th edition of Leadership in Leisure Services: Making a Difference by Deb Jordan and Ronald Ramsing, includes fully updated chapters with contemporary practices for leadership in the broad field of recreation and parks.

In addition, the first two chapters of previous editions (introductory material and leadership theories) have been combined into one chapter; this enhances the flow of material while still setting the stage for understanding leadership as an important construct in our discipline.

The text continues to integrate issues of diversity throughout the chapters and includes new information about the impact of microaggressions on participants in a range of recreation settings.

Additional emphasis is put on professional practice—becoming a recreation and parks professional and continuing professional development are addressed in such a way as to encourage students to view professionalism as a journey rather than an end.

Group development is presented using the Tuckman model and social issues have been updated to include the role of professionals in addressing the obesity epidemic as well as bullying and violence.

All material has been updated to reflect the current state of research in each topic area. Test questions and PowerPoint presentations for each chapter are included as ancillaries.

Table of Contents: 

Chapter 1
Exploring and Discovering Meanings
Chapter 2
Leadership Across the Lifespan
Chapter 3
Leadership and Cultural Adaptability
Chapter 4
Communication Skills for Leaders
Chapter 5
Nonverbal Communication: The Silent Messenger
Chapter 6
Leadership and Group Dynamics
Chapter 7
Influencing and Inspiring Desired Behaviors
Chapter 8
Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
Chapter 9
Leading With Values and Ethics
Chapter 10
Face-to-Face Leadership Techniques
Chapter 11
Understanding Risk Management
Chapter 12
Becoming a Professional

About the Author(s)

Debra J. Jordan

Deb Jordan is a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at East Carolina University.

She has published in several journals and authored or co-authored three textbooks (leadership, programming, and an introductory text) and several book chapters.

Deb has been involved in leadership positions in several state and national professional associations.

Further, she has worked as a naturalist in parks, outdoor trip leader, outdoor programmer for adjudicated youth, and as a director of leadership camps as well as camps for dependents of active duty service members.

Personally, Deb has been fortunate to travel internationally to many countries.

Her most recent adventures include a trek to the base camp of Mount Everest, and cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.

In addition to international travel, Deb enjoys reading, kayaking, and visiting state and national parks.

Professor Jordan participates in Ask the Author, a Sagamore initiative that enables professors who adopt titles to communicate with the author and really understand what the book is about and how any ancillaries are intended to be used.

Ronald Ramsing

Ron Ramsing is a professor in the Recreation Administration program at Western Kentucky University.

He has worked for several not-for-profit, federal, and commercial organizations, all related to the parks and recreation profession.

Ron has over 25 years of experience in the field, and his research has most recently focused on positive youth development, organized camping and youth with type 1 diabetes, international education outcomes, leadership, and sustainability issues.

Ron has over 45 publications and more than 100 presentations at the state, national, and international levels.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon, his MS from the University of Northern Iowa, and his PhD from the University of Utah.

In his spare time, Ron enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with his daughter, Ellie, and wife, Lisa.