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LEADing Small Business

Business Growth through Leadership Development Stewart Barnes, Founder and Managing Director, QuoLux Ltd, Steve Kempster, Professor of Leadership Learning and Development, Lancaster University Management School and Sue Smith, Director, Centre for SME Development, University of Central Lancashire, UK
This is one of the first books to fully value and realise the connection between leadership and learning in SMEs. It provides a real-life narrative, encapsulating the development of business people on a leadership programme for SME managers, whilst explaining the key theories, models and techniques that underpin the leadership methods and approaches deployed at each stage of the delegate’s journey. The authors examine comprehensive data sources associated with three managers within SMEs and follow them over a ten-month period. Each chapter splits into two – an aesthetic narrative on the learning journey and a ‘theory sandwich’, which draws the reader’s attention to the theories, models and debates underpinning the learning at each stage of the delegate’s journey. A cycle of leadership learning through ‘lived experience’ is outlined and the importance of leadership learning within a community of practice and developing concurrently three key capitals - human, social and institutional capitals - are emphasised.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 549 0
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Publication Date: 2016
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This is one of the first books to fully value and realise the connection between leadership and learning in SMEs. It provides a real-life narrative, encapsulating the development of business people on a leadership programme for SME managers, whilst explaining the key theories, models and techniques that underpin the leadership methods and approaches deployed at each stage of the delegate’s journey. The book follows three owner/managers over a ten-month period. Each chapter splits into two – an aesthetic narrative on the learning journey and a ‘theory sandwich’, which draws the reader’s attention to the theories, models and debates underpinning the learning at each stage of the delegate’s journey.

Academics as well as students will benefit from the research-based examination of leadership learning in the SME context, as it will allow them to stand in the shoes of owners or managers. Policy makers and practitioners will also find the narrative both revealing and informative.
‘I thought the book provided a thought-provoking discussion of the LEAD programme and its step-by-step approach to leadership development. These are issues that businesses face daily . . . the book contained a number of policy recommendations, including that policymakers should engage major institutions to embrace partnerships with universities and private leadership development practitioners. . . . This recommendation very much chimes with the Government's current approach to business support.’
– George Osborne, formerly MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer, UK

‘The top 50 US corporations lose $50 billion a year through failed strategy implementation, i.e. poor leadership. Without effective leadership, even the most outstanding growth strategies will fail. But whilst no one has succeeded in defining precisely what leadership is, there are nonetheless common elements that this book has brilliantly identified in the context of SMEs. The two ingredients of profitable growth are: a robust, customer-centred strategy and inspirational leadership. They go hand in hand. They are inseparable. I will recommend this excellent book to all my SME clients.’
– Malcolm McDonald, Cranfield University School of Management, UK

'So often, leadership development programmes are dry and systematic efforts that don't engage leaders. This book, and its proven model for leadership development (LEAD), represents a new and exciting approach. It makes it clear to leaders in SMEs that leadership is an ongoing affair that can have a huge impact on the success of the enterprise. This is a major addition to the leadership literature – a must-read for scholars and practitioners alike.'
– Ron Riggio, Claremont McKenna College, US

'This book is a winner. It bridges the gaps between leaders, leadership scholars and leadership development practitioners to introduce an exciting new model for how they can learn both from and with each other to develop effective leadership in SMEs. Blending practitioners’ narratives, detailed accounts of their development process and a healthy platter of “theory sandwiches”, the book brings academic theory alive for practitioners and highlights the theoretical significance of small business leadership experience.’
– Eric Guthey, The Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

‘This could be the most important leadership book you have ever purchased. Underpinned by Steve Kempster’s research and operationalised so well by Stewart Barnes and Sue Smith, the LEAD Programme is the shining light of British Leadership Development. Having participated in the research, and joined in the teaching, and having been a recipient of the programme, I can vouch for it – LEAD works. But here’s the thing . . . it is not just for SMEs.’
– Ken Parry, Deakin University, Australia

Contents: Preface: Background and Introduction to LEAD 1. The Owner/manager, Leadership and Business Growth 2. Why is Leadership Learning Problematic for Small Business? 3. Leadership Learning 4. Coaching for Growth 5. Becoming a LEAD Delegate and Identity Development 6. Observational Learning 7. Single, Double and Triple-loop Learning 8. Human, Social and Institutional Capitals 9. Self-efficacy of Leading: Theoretical Importance of Exchanges 10. Bird’s Nest and Marbles 11. Reflection and Reflexivity 12. The Learning and the Changes 13. Ambitious Implications Epilogue - Turning LEAD into GOLD to GAIN: Business Alchemy and Work Based Learning References Index