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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Strategic Leadership Development

Building World Class Performance

ISBN 9781137415004
Publication Date June 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

What is strategic leadership?

How can it be the key to organisational success?

Strategic Leadership Development addresses the key issues of how organisations build leadership capability. Focusing on the behavioural aspects of leadership, it looks at how both individuals and organisations can develop leadership talent, and how leaders can influence and shape the strategic direction of an organisation as a whole.

Key features:
• Combines academic rigour with real-world best practice
• Identifies how leaders manage strategic objectives, strategic alignment, strategy and risk
• A range of international case studies and examples help you to develop personal and practical leadership skills

This book is the ideal companion for undergraduate and postgraduate leadership students, as well as practitioners, researchers and scholars in the field.

Colin Carnall is a Partner and Director at Carnall Farrar Ltd and worked as Director of Executive Education at Henley Business School, Warwick Business School and Cass Business School, City University, UK. He continues to lead a number of customised Executive Development programmes as a Visiting Professor in the Practice of Leadership at Cass Business School and also through Carnall Farrar.

Chris Roebuck is a Visiting Professor for Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School, City University, UK. He was formerly Global Head of Leadership for UBS and worked with HSBC, KPMG, London Underground. He has been in the top 20 Most Influential HR Thinkers list since 2011 and has worked with organisations from the UK National Health Service, investment banks, the Myanmar Red Cross and the Chinese Space Programme.

1. Strategic leadership: a key to organisational success
2. Key themes in strategic leadership
3. Development of leadership theory
4. Can leadership be developed and if so how best to do it?
5. Leading for high performance
6. Leading change
7. The ethics of leadership
8. Politics, power and perception
9. Knowledge as a leadership resource
10. Systems for organisational leadership development 
11. Leadership through 'changing minds'.


This is a valuable, experience-based textbook, which addresses the complexities of everyday leadership and management processes, enriched with theory and illustrated with a wide range of informative case studies. This book delivers what it promises on emergent leadership, and serves as a reflective guide and ideal learning manual for students and professionals alike.' – Wil Foppen, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
'This book seamlessly weaves together academic research and real-life practice to present a compelling and challenging view of leadership today, and its focus on strategic leadership is refreshingly different from books that discuss leadership as a generic phenomenon. This book is a must read for students studying leadership, as well as leaders engaged with strategic decisions.' – Malcolm Higgs, Southampton University, UK
'This book provides an excellent reference for students as a well as senior executives and CEOs, by effectively relating theory and practice. By exploring various aspects of leadership and using evidence from the case studies, the authors paint a composite picture of leadership in organisations but also highlight the important contribution of strategic leadership to high performance. This book demonstrates how leadership is the driver of organisational success and provides strong evidence as to why strategic leadership matters.' – Lawrie Drysdale, University of Melbourne, Australia
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