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The Leadership Manual: Your Complete Practical Guide to Executive Leadership

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The Leadership Manual: Your Complete Practical Guide to Executive Leadership

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The Leadership Manual: Your Complete Practical Guide To Executive Leadership By Hilarie Owen, Vicky Hodgson and Nigel Gazzard Published by Prentice Hall Paperback £19.99 Copies are available at www.pearsoned.co.uk or telephone 0870 6073777

THE Leadership Manual focuses on the "four basic truths about leadership" - which summarises the style of the book.

It adopts a reductive approach, trying to avoid jargon where possible and taking theory to an end outcome where you can put your knowledge into practice.

This is evident throughout, as the full range of concepts associated with leadership are identified, analysed and two or three practical points are drawn out, and set down, as part of a building knowledge bank.

These are then used to set a challenge for readers in "practising and reflective suitcases".

This process means that the reader gets to follow currently accepted processes associated with leadership development - particularly reflective practice.

It also means that the book's claim to be a "practical book that you can dip into time and again" holds true.

There is, however, a downside to this approach. For example, the debate about the difference between leadership and management is dealt with in a definitive manner: "there is confusion between leadership and management, with the terms used interchangeably. …

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