So often, leadership development programs are dry and systematic efforts that don't engage leaders. This book, and its proven model for leadership development (LEAD), represents a new and exciting approach. It makes it clear to leaders in SME that leadership is an ongoing affair that can have a huge impact on the success of the enterprise. This is a major addition to the leadership literature -- a must-read for scholars and practitioners alike.
This could be the most important leadership book you have ever purchased. The LEAD Programme is the shining light of British Leadership Development. Having participated in the research, and joined in the teaching, and having been a recipient of the programme, I can vouch for it – LEAD works. But here’s the thing ... it is not just for SMEs.
This book is a winner and is a must read for leaders, leadership scholars, and leadership development practitioners. The book bridges the gaps between these groups to introduce an exciting new model for how they can learn both from and with each other to develop effective leadership in SMEs.
The top 50 USA corporations lose $50 billion a year through failed strategy implementation, i.e. poor leadership. Without effective leadership, even the most outstanding growth strategies will fail. There are two ingredients of profitable growth that this book has brilliantly identified: a robust, customer-centred strategy and inspirational leadership. They go hand in hand. They are inseparable. I will recommend this excellent book to all my SME clients.
I thought the book provided a thought-provoking discussion of the LEAD programme and its step-by-step approach to leadership development. These are issues that businesses face daily . . . the book contained a number of policy recommendations, including that policymakers should engage major institutions to embrace partnerships with universities and private leadership development practitioners. . . . This recommendation very much chimes with the Government's current approach to business support.
This triple award nominated book is one of the first books to fully value and realise the connection between leadership and learning in SMEs.
It provides a real-life narrative, encapsulating the development of business people on a leadership programme for SME managers, whilst explaining the key theories, models and techniques that underpin the leadership methods and approaches deployed at each stage of the delegate’s journey.
The authors examine comprehensive data sources associated with three managers within SMEs and follow them over a ten-month period. Each chapter splits into two – an aesthetic narrative on the learning journey and a ‘theory sandwich’, which draws the reader’s attention to the theories, models and debates underpinning the learning at each stage of the delegate’s journey.
A cycle of leadership learning through ‘lived experience’ is outlined and the importance of leadership learning within a community of practice and developing concurrently three key capitals - human, social and institutional capitals - are emphasised.
Business people and policy makers will find the narrative both revealing and informative. Academics as well as students will also benefit from the research-based examination of leadership learning in the SME context, as it will allow them to stand in the shoes of owners or managers.