Book Summaries: Leadership

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Book Summaries: Leadership

  • Rising Stars: Developing Millennial Women as Leaders

    By Elisabeth Kelan | 10/04/2015

    An interview with Elisabeth Kelan, author of Rising Stars: Developing Millennial Women as Leaders

  • Authentic Leadership

    By Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller | 02/01/2014

    This book updates, critiques and extends the theory of authentic leadership. It draws upon international scholars and practitioners from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, leadership, business and the arts to raise important issues and pose provocative questions.

  • From Battlefield to Boardroom

    By Ivan Yardley, Andrew Kakabadse, Derrick Neal | 28/09/2012

    The global economy is becoming an increasingly turbulent world; this changing context is placing new demands on organisational thinking. This book examines how similar demands have been met by the British military and how these solutions could be utilised by a wider community of practitioners.

  • Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability

    By Cranfield Faculty | 29/06/2012

    The challenge for business schools and business itself is to establish a new maxim - the business of business is sustainable business. Business schools have a special contribution to make in developing globally responsible, critical and independent thinking future leaders and managers. This book aims to provide a roadmap both for business students - the leaders of tomorrow - and for existing and engaged leaders who need support, coaching and counselling to address the challenges of the sustainab

  • Global Elites

    By Andrew Kakabadse & Nada Kakabadse | 08/05/2012

    Exploring the nature, configuration and influence of global Elites, this book examines the impact of Elites on transnational policy development and strategically on corporations as board members of PLCs and international joint ventures (IJVs).

  • Bilderberg People: Elite Power & Consensus in World Affairs

    By Ian Richardson, Andrew Kakabadse and Nada Kakabadse | 20/05/2011

    Bilderberg People explores “the hidden mechanisms of influence at work in the private world and personal interactions of the transnational power elite”.

  • Leading Smart Transformation: A Roadmap for Worldclass Government

    By Andrew Kakabadse, Mohammad Omar Abdulla, Rabih Abouchakra, Ali Jawad | 01/03/2011

    Leading Smart Transformation: A Roadmap for World-Class Government offers a guide to achieving sustainable smart reform of a country’s policy-making apparatus and public sector.

  • Rice Wine with the Minister: Distilled Wisdom to Manage, Lead and Succeed on the Global Stage

    By Andrew Kakabadse and Nada Kakabadse | 02/04/2010

    Rice Wine With The Minister provides a practical research-based guide to the realities of leading in a truly global business arena.

  • Re-Thinking Leadership: A New Look at Old Leadership Questions

    By Donna Ladkin | 01/03/2010

    Challenges long-held assumptions about leadership through discussing a series of penetrating questions. For example the book shifts the ground from asking the age old What is leadership? to the much more pertinent What is leadership for?

  • Leadership Teams: Developing and Sustaining High Performance

    By Andrew Kakabadse and Geoff Sheard | 11/09/2009

    A practical guide which provides insights for team leadership in the modern world, drawn from many years of working with leadership teams in business and organisations across many sectors

  • Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action

    By Kim Turnbull James and James Collins | 03/10/2008

    Examines how current thinking is being applied in the design and implementation of leadership development initiatives. From multiple perspectives, aims to answer how leaders learn about leadership, and what new ideas are emerging from the cutting edge of leadership practice that point the way toward future leadership development.

  • Leading for Success: The Seven Sides to Great Leaders

    By Andrew Kakabadse, Nada Kakabadse & Linda Lee-Davis | 05/09/2008

    A great leader must have a number of capabilities or ‘sides’ available to them to be able to contend most appropriately with any situation they face. The authors describe the seven ‘sides’ of great leaders, which must be selected and applied to fit the context.

  • Leadership Perspectives: Knowledge into Action

    By Kim Turnbull James and James Collins | 01/05/2008

    This book examines the linkages between leadership thinking - the development of ideas by those who research the subject - and the practice of leadership in organisations. It explores the balance between finding out what leadership is, and generating prescriptions about what leadership should be. This book identifies emergent themes in leadership thinking.

  • Leadership, Management and Command - Rethinking D-Day

    By Keith Grint | 07/12/2007

    D-Day, on 6th June 1944, was arguably the largest, most complex and most hazardous undertaking in military history. This book uses the experience of leaders on both sides and at all levels in the preparation and execution of D-Day to explore - through their successes and failures - the nature of the relationship between strategy formulation and implementation, between leadership and followership, and way decisions and choices were both perceived and executed by leaders.

  • Leading the Board: the Six Disciplines of World-Class Chairmen

    By Andrew Kakabadse and Nada Kakabadse | 23/11/2007

    This book picks up the running debate on corporate governance and the responsibilities of board members, and explores the different roles and management styles practised by senior board figures around the world. It asks the fundamental question: Who should lead what, and when, and how? and offers answers taken from in-depth interviews with some of the world’s leading corporate chairmen, and from extensive worldwide research into the mechanics of board functioning.

  • Organizational Behaviour

    By David Buchanan and A Huczynski | 01/01/2007

    Become familiar with the authoritative textbook on organizational behaviour. Comprehensive and easily accessible for the practising leader, this lively book selects challenging organizational themes and addresses relevant questions for today’s leaders.

  • Extraordinary Performance from Ordinary People: Value Creating Corporate Leadership

    By Cliff Bowman, Andrew Kakabadse and Keith Ward | 14/11/2006

    For those experienced in leadership strategy, this book adds new insights in suggesting ways to harness organisational energies to achieve stretching performance targets. For new managers, it provides a benchmark model of success.

  • The Ambiguity Advantage: What Great Leaders are Great At

    By David J Wilkinson | 24/08/2006

    David Wilkinson explores the broader role of uncertainty and ambiguity in organisational effectiveness and identifies the opportunities that can emerge for organisations when ambiguity is treated as an essential element in the business environment rather than an unwanted evil, an element that can be productively exploited by the right kind of leader.

  • Leadership: Limits and Possibilities

    By Keith Grint | 28/02/2005

    Be challenged in your perceptions of leadership by an original thinker. Case studies from Spartacus to al-Qaida, from business to education. Takes four of the most popular approaches and provides a wide range of case studies to illustrate these fresh perspectives.

  • Women with Attitude

    By Sue Vinnicombe and John Bank | 31/10/2002

    How can you be successful as a woman leader? Interviews with women leaders that draw out, through inspiring portraits, what success looks like and how to get there.

  • The Arts of Leadership

    By Keith Grint | 31/05/2001

    Are leaders born or are they made? Are we all potential leaders? Are there timeless patterns of leadership? Examines the notion of leadership as an array of ‘arts’ in a series of leadership portraits.

  • Essence of Leadership

    By Andrew Kakabadse & Nada Kakabadse | 01/08/1999

    This book tackles every aspect of leadership technique and philosophy and looks at best practice as exhibited by international business leaders. Shows the importance of understanding the context in which you, as a leader, are operating.


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