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Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Developing Skills for Business Leadership

Gillian Watson, Stefanie Reissner

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Manage yourself and others in the workplace better with this definitive textbook.

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Mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced module of the same name, Developing Skills for Business Leadership focuses on three core areas for successful professional development and practice: managing yourself and others, transferable managerial skills and postgraduate study skills. Each skill is covered both conceptually and practically by a subject area expert to help all readers analyze and critically evaluate, manage more effectively, make sound and justifiable decisions and lead and influence others.

Covering key concepts such as developing your professional identity, effective management of interpersonal relationships at work, people management and interpreting financial information, this fully updated 2nd edition of Developing Skills for Business Leadership is ideal for all postgraduate business students taking a module in professional development, career development or management skills. Integrating IT skills into each chapter, it includes a new chapter on reflecting and coaching, updated references to the CIPD's HR Profession Map, additional coverage of stress, health and wellbeing and an enhanced international dimension throughout the text. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual and lecture slides as well as additional case studies, and sample assignments, checklists and exam guides lecturers can use in their teaching.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Skills for Continuing Professional Development and Practice (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner and Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 02: Essential Skills for Postgraduate Study and Beyond (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner);
    • Chapter - 03: Practical Aspects of Postgraduate Study Skills (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner);
    • Chapter - 04: Concepts of Self and Self-Management Skills (Kevin Gallagher);
    • Chapter - 05: Developing Your Professional Identity (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner);
    • Chapter - 06: Skills for Learning, Training and Development (Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 07: Coaching, Professional Development and Practice (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner);
    • Chapter - 08: Effective Team-Building and Communication (Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 09: Negotiation and the Management of Interpersonal Relationships at Work (Dr. Lesley Mearns);
    • Chapter - 10: Constructive Performance Management (Dr. Lesley Mearns);
    • Chapter - 11: Leadership and Team Dynamics (Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 12: Leading Change and Development in Organisations (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner);
    • Chapter - 13: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis (Dr. Andrew Simpson);
    • Chapter - 14: Interpreting Financial Information (Mike Ashwell);
    • Chapter - 15: Managing Financial Resources (Mike Ashwell);
    • Chapter - 16: Effective Decision-Making and Problem-Solving (Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 17: Applying Skills for Business Leadership (Dr. Stefanie C. Reissner and Gillian Watson);
    • Chapter - 18: Consolidating Leadership Skills: Project Management and Your Development (Kevin Gallagher and Gillian Watson)


A must-read for practitioners and scholars alike. Expertly combines academic theory with practical application to ensure an accessible and usable handbook. It captures the essence of what knowledge, skills and expertise is required for busy professionals to succeed in the contemporary workplace.
Dr Sue Mulhall, Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

This text offers a comprehensive introduction to both the practical and theoretical aspects of managerial and study skills. It will be an accessible, useful guide for HRM and management students.
Rachel Williams, Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, UK


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843983163
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 17th February 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 245x190
  • 568 pages

About the Author

Gillian Watson is a principal lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Sunderland, UK, responsible for international development and partnerships. She has undertaken additional senior roles in the faculty such as HRM team leader and chair of the Applied Management, FdA and HND board.

Stefanie Reissner is a lecturer at Newcastle University Business School, UK. She is currently degree programme director for a dual Masters in conjunction with Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an associate academic member of CIPD.

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