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Leadership

A collection of books, articles, guides and links on leadership, developing your skills as a leader and leadership styles.

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Featured eBook

Communication Strategies for Today's Managerial Leader
(Business Expert Press, 2012)
When people with technical expertise move into leadership roles they often need to change their approach to communication. This book offers strategies to enhance your communication skills in order to foster teamwork and build relationships.

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Featured article

A leadership growth journey
This article states that on the path to true leadership, a growth mind-set requires a focus more on the journey than the destination. Topics include research on the benefits of developing a growth mind-set, the importance of having passion and purpose, the dependence of continuous improvement on both the capacity and willingness to keep learning, and the need to value a team player who offers useful criticism since his or her feedback can potentially lead to better decisions and results.

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eBooks

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.

Financial Times guide to management : how to be a manager who makes a difference and gets results.

A guide to becoming an effective manager, full of practical tips and advice on to the everyday challenges of: Managing yourself; Developing communication skills and emotional intelligence; Managing others; Setting strategic direction; Managing change; Managing money, resources and technology.

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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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Companies increase spending on digital technology, but struggle with strategy

The article offers information about the move of business enterprises and the public sector to increase their spending on digital technology but are still struggling in terms of implementing strategies. Other information such more investment in artificial intelligence as well as the implementation of digital leadership programmes is presented.

A leadership growth journey

This article states that on the path to true leadership, a growth mind-set requires a focus more on the journey than the destination. Topics include research on the benefits of developing a growth mind-set, the importance of having passion and purpose, the dependence of continuous improvement on both the capacity and willingness to keep learning, and the need to value a team player who offers useful criticism since his or her feedback can potentially lead to better decisions and results.

"Learning about yourself as a boss can be a real punch in the stomach"

Article examining the experience of Irish paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa, in how its operations developed. Covers the key role played by the group vice president of human resources on the firm's operations, the company's focus on employee engagement to improve performance and productivity, and the firm's partnership with Insead to train its managers.

Leadership isn’t just for CEOs

Discussion of the importance of leadership for early to midcareer professionals. Covers the reality that developing leadership traits and qualities takes time, energy, and effort, similarity of leadership with business, and information about leadership and how to develop and grow in both technical and qualitative areas.

Leading your team to better performance

Tips on driving your team to achieve new levels of performance. The author looks at the adverse effects of team infighting and presents seven steps for establishing an positive environment that will foster teamwork.

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 approach your succession planning and grow the bench strength from within. The article argues that firms need to create a culture of leadership development and be clear about why they are doing succession planning.

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

Article looks at different leadership training development practices in organisations in different business sectors in the UK and how the strategic focus of leadership training and development was shaped by the business goals of these organisations.

Leading the team you inherit

Assess, reflect and reshape to build the perfect team for the job.

Women in accounting making progress?

Reports on the position of women in finance and accounting leadership roles. Topics discussed include the impact of a diverse board of directors and C-suite on corporate performance, the compensation gap and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.

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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.

Leadership
Business guide from Atom Content Marketing.

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