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Featured eBook

Communication Strategies for Today's Managerial Leader
Roebuck, Deborah Britt (Business Expert Press, 2012)
Often individuals with technical expertise in their field move into managerial leadership roles without awareness of the need to improve their communication skills. This book gives readers strategies to enhance their written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills in order to successfully foster teamwork and build relationships with stakeholders.

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Featured article

Polishing your staff
Managers can't always pick the teams they lead. Learn how to assess, reflect and reshape your staff to build the perfect team for the job.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Ideas for leaders collection

A collection of the latest global management and business thinking summarised into straight forward and understandable language.

Innovation paradox, The

This title looks at how corporate culture, leadership style, strategy, incentives, and management systems can be structured to encourage breakthroughs.

Communication strategies for today's managerial leader

Provides the communication principles that are key for managerial leaders.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Why leadership development fails

The authors argue that companies must take a more scientific approach to turning their raw talent into leaders. They must identify the critical leadership competencies, assess employees’ potential, and map people’s potential to role requirements to see how far they can go. Last, to help them get there, provide the right coaching and development opportunities.

Succeed at succession

How to design succession planning and grow the bench strength from within. The article argues that firms need to create a culture of leadership development; they should be clear about why they are doing succession planning. Other tips include having career-development discussions separate from the performance review, and minimising the paperwork burden on managers.

How strategic focus relates to the delivery of leadership training and development

Despite progress in the development of leadership development models over recent years, these models fail to account for the differentiation in leadership training and development ( LTD) practices found between organisations. the authors conducted an exploratory, multiple case study of formal leadership training and development in 10 organisations, in different business sectors in the United Kingdom. They show that the strategic focus of LTD was shaped by the business goals pursued by these 10 organizations.They also found the strategic focus of LTD to be a broad contingency factor differentiated by level of impact, which then influenced the pattern of LTD delivery. The findings offer support for a contingency perspective in explaining how leadership training and development is configured in differing organizational contexts.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

10 ways to be a better boss


Successful businesses usually have one thing in common ― motivated employees who are happy in their jobs. Much of this comes from good team leadership, but how can you ensure that your company has these skills in place? Liz Salecka finds out

Effective leadership in difficult times


Just half of employees think that their boss is a good leader, according to recent research by YouGov. However, all business owners need leadership qualities to get the most from their staff, especially during the downturn

I don't feel that I'm a natural leader


Running a growing business means keeping on top of every aspect of your enterprise, from product development to supplier contracts. But even the most knowledgeable and hardworking entrepreneur can falter when it comes to persuading employees to share their own dedication to the venture.

Useful links

CIPD leadership factsheet
Topics covered in this Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) factsheet include how leadership differs from management, leadership development and strategic leadership.

Investors in People framework
Framework for creating effective leadership from Investors in People.

Teamwork: Success through people
Booklet from Acas aiming to assist those involved in or organising teamwork.

Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders
The centre, which is part of Cranfield University's School of Management, is responsible for an annual benchmarking report, The Female FTSE Report, which has been published since 1999 and includes details of the number of female directors in the FTSE 100. This website provides information on the work of the centre, its research projects and published research papers.

The role and expectations of a CFO: A global debate on preparing accountants for finance leadership
Discussion paper and selection of resources from IFAC. The paper looks at the changing scope of CFO and finance leadership roles and how accountants can prepare for career progression.

Taming narcissus: Managing behavioural risk in top business leaders
Survey report published by MWM Consulting in 2013 giving practical advice to boards on how to spot and prevent behavioural risk.

Past perspectives, future change: A study into the experiences of senior women in financial services
Report published in March 2011 by executive search firm Odgers Berndtson and corporate leadership experts Muika Leadership. The study, which is based on interviews with over 100 women in leading roles in the UK financial services industry, provides information and analysis that can be used by companies to address the gender imbalance.

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