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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

On the herding of cats
Professional services firms are composed of experts who prize their autonomy. In this context, leadership must be a collective endeavor.

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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.

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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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On the herding of cats

Professional service firms are composed of experts who prize their autonomy. In this context, leadership must be a collective endeavor.

How to create a strategy for the digital age

The article discusses the best practices which are to be considered by information technology leaders like chief information officers (CIOs) for creating a business strategy in the modern world which is governed by digital technology. Topics discussed include leadership team collaboration, formulating organic strategies and talent development by assessing customer requirements

People-centered leadership

The article offers information on the importance of employee management for business development. Topics discussed include information on providing services for the career development of employees; discussions on the services for the benefits of employees; and the advice on caring the employee conduct of life.

Developing learning agility

The author shares insights on aspects of developing learning agility, an openness to information and the ability to learn and use insights from the said information. The article examines the particular habits developed by learning-agile employees, the acquisition of diverse expertise or different skills, and the need for the leadership to foster learning agility.

Leverage technology to become a strategic partner

The article discusses how accountants and finance professionals can leverage technological innovations to develop their leadership skills and become strategic partners. Topics discussed include tips for communicating the implications of technologies on organizations, technological trends that accountants and finance professionals should gain knowledge of including artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and the importance of understanding the pros and cons of new technologies.

What is your IT strategy?

The article offers the author's view regarding information technology (IT) strategies. Several requirements a firm needs to develop an IT strategy are outlined - some critical areas that IT plan should address which include governance, leadership, accountability, cloud and workflow strategy and client services.

Benefits of and common barriers to curiosity in the workplace

This article elaborates on the benefits of and common barriers to curiosity in the workplace and offers five strategies for bolstering it. Leaders should hire for curiosity, model inquisitiveness, emphasize learning goals, let workers explore and broaden their interests, and have 'questioning days'. Doing so will help their organizations adapt to uncertain market conditions and external pressures and boost the business’s success.

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.

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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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