Reviews and Testimonials
Anyone currently in a leading or business strategy role - or aspiring to such a role - would do well to use the book, immediately, as a foundation for reflection and deepening of understanding and, as time goes on, as a trusted companion to be consulted in the context of changing circumstances. [...] With particular skill in summarizing the scholarly research, the authors describe in each chapter the key developments leading up to the current state of affairs, provide case studies, and discuss the outlook. Those engaged in teaching and mentoring tomorrow's leaders have a one-stop cornucopia of references to the collective intellectual capital of respected authorities in the disciplines surrounding the topics covered.
– Ulla de Stricker, Information and Knowledge Management Consultant (www.destricker.com)
Leadership consultants Smith (Canada) and Cockburn (New Zealand) explain how to become a leader in today's emerging complex global business systems. Their gender-neutral and culture-neutral approach is consistent with any existing leadership development program, they say, or it can be undertaken as an individual initiative. Their topics include dynamic leadership process, complexity and organizational learning, sustainability, knowledge management, and generational demographics.
– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR
The book provides a bridge between scholarly research and practice. It goes beyond summarising a limited set of research findings (as many leadership books do) to practically outlying important implications for leaders. It is filled with numerous case studies and thought-provoking questions that provide new insights and ideas for managing the complexity of today’s workplace.
– Julie Cogin, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales
Any reader who wants to understand the history of leadership research and the strongest contributions to the literature on the topic would do well to read this book. The information on leadership is made practical with a step-by-step guide for its use along with a personal evaluation and self-coaching tool. The book is set out in a clear and logical structure, which is consistent and easy to follow. The structure allows the reader to build a useful context for skill development and then hone in on major topic areas such as sustainability, technology and generational differences. [...]This is a valuable book to own as a guidebook, reference manual and practical tool for anyone interested in the subject of leadership including those who coach and mentor emerging leaders.
– Melinda Muth, Sydney
This volume provides an in depth analysis of each and every problem that cur¬rent and aspiring leaders will face in today’s global and digitally connected business environment. The quality of both the theoretical and empirical frameworks utilized in the various chapters of the book is extremely high. This is a well informed book which informs and illuminates an important area of research and practice for those interested in the role that leadership plays in today’s global, turbulent but digitally connected business environment.
– Haris Papoutsakis, School of Applied Technology at the TEI of Crete, Greece
This book delves into the essential dynamics inherent in both organizations and globally. There are provocative research results and discussion that encourages all leaders to think about in order to make decisions that truly are effective and systemic in nature. Your thinking will be challenged with this book. They are the kinds of challenges we need in all of our organizations to both embrace and internalize what the authors refer to as “future-related leadership imperatives.”
– Dr. Carol Ann Sharicz, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, Doctoral Program, Organizational Leadership Studies, Northeastern University, USA