Introducing Leadership is a highly practical textbook which draws on robust research to present a clear picture of what leadership actually involves. It explores why leadership has become so important in recent years; the role leadership plays in achieving organisational success; the skills that effective leaders need; and the steps that anyone can take to become an effective leader.
This second edition expands its coverage into ethical practice and emotional intelligence, and looks at the impact that our increasing understanding of the brain is having on leadership behaviour and performance. It also considers the importance of trust for effective leadership.
Throughout the book there are boxes providing detailed exploration of key concepts, and case studies and review questions appear at the end of each chapter to stimulate critical thinking.
Introducing Leadership is for people at all levels in organisations, particularly those aspiring to their first leadership role or studying for leadership qualifications at ILM or CMI Levels 3 to 5.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The New Leadership Challenge 2. What Leaders Do 3. Making Things Happen 4. Why Culture, Values and Trust Matter 5. Getting the Best Out of People 6. Creating and Leading Effective Teams 7. Communicating Effectively 8. When Things Go Bad 9.Developing a Coaching Style 10. The Insightful Leader 11. Leading with Integrity 12. The Emotionally Intelligent Leader 13. Becoming a Trusted Leader 14. Continuing to Learn and Improve
David Pardey has had a career as a marketing manager, lecturer, author, consultant, publisher and research manager. He has written widely on leadership and management and was Head of Research and Policy at the Institute of Leadership and Management. David is now a freelance writer, researcher and consultant.
‘This book makes the complex subject of leadership accessible and understandable to the practising manager. David holds your hand and guides you through the key aspects that every leader needs to consider.’ - Pamela Heneberry, The Professional Development Centre
‘Introducing Leadership delivers a wide and insightful sweep on this critical topic. From leadership's purpose and impact to the attributes required of leaders, it addresses the shifting requirements and challenges of leadership today. Contemporary and fresh, but never flavour of the month, this book explains well the humanity of leadership with a 'pragmatism with heart' that is rare in the management literature. An invaluable contribution to the leadership canon and a powerful learning asset for all those interested in the practice of leadership and management.’ - Penny de Valk, Managing Director, Penna Talent Practice