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LEADing Small Business

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. <i xmlns="" xmlns:epub="" xmlns:m="" xmlns:svg="" xmlns:ibooks="">Foreword</i> Professor John J. Oliver OBE Professor John J. Oliver OBE
  7. 1 Does everyone feel this way? Loneliness, uncertainty, self-doubts and a distinct lack of time Theory sandwich 1 The owner/manager, leadership and business growth
  8. 2 Induction: taking the LEAD – beginning the LEAD journey Theory sandwich 2 Why is leadership learning problematic for small business?
  9. 3 LEAD journey: month 1 – March Theory sandwich 3 Leadership learning
  10. 4 LEAD journey: month 2 – April Theory sandwich 4 Coaching for growth
  11. 5 LEAD journey: month 3 – May Theory sandwich 5 Becoming a LEAD delegate and identity development
  12. 6 LEAD journey: month 4 – June Theory sandwich 6 Observational learning
  13. 7 LEAD journey: month 5 – July Theory sandwich 7 Single, double and triple-loop learning
  14. 8 LEAD journey: month 6 – August Theory sandwich 8 Human, social and institutional capitals
  15. 9 LEAD journey: month 7 – September Theory sandwich 9 Self-efficacy of leading: theoretical importance of Exchanges
  16. 10 LEAD journey: month 8 – October Theory sandwich 10 Bird’s nest and marbles
  17. 11 LEAD journey: month 9 – November Theory sandwich 11 Reflection and reflexivity
  18. 12 LEAD journey: month 10 – December Theory sandwich 12 The learning and the changes
  19. 13 Ambitious implications