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Leadership Psychology

Leadership Psychology

How the Best Leaders Inspire Their People

Alan Cutler


Gives leaders an accessible overview of the psychological factors which create engaging and inspiring places to work, organizations that the best people want to work for. Draws on exclusive research with winning companies from the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for Survey.

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About the book

A better understanding of the psychological relationships at play within current working environments will enable leaders to achieve greater success for themselves and their organizations. Leadership Psychology outlines how inspirational leaders across a range of award-winning companies of all sizes understand their employees' psychological needs and use that knowledge to affect behaviour and enhance performance.
The book showcases examples of leadership best practice in businesses featured in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for Survey. Exclusive information gained through interviews with the most highly regarded leaders of a special selection of these winning companies is analyzed and critically evaluated, using the underpinning principles of occupational psychology to reveal modern trends in working practice. Leadership Psychology also includes unique information based on the author's discussions with military professionals at Sandhurst, sharing one-of-a-kind insights about what makes a strong leader under pressure. With updated looks at the unwritten 'psychological contract,' between employers and employees and a new analysis of Herzberg's motivational hygiene theory, Leadership Psychology is an original and timely addition to studies of leadership in the context of motivational factors.
This book provides up-to-the-minute practical guidance, based upon a rigorous psychological foundation, to executives holding operational or strategic leadership positions in businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Leadership theory – past and present;
    • Chapter - 02: Future challenges – the 21st-century leader;
    • Chapter - 03: Motivation – the enduring principles;
    • Chapter - 04: The emotionally intelligent leader – identifying and controlling emotions;
    • Chapter - 05: Leader development – identifying and promoting the inner self;
    • Chapter - 06: The psychological contract – unwritten expectations of leaders and followers;
    • Chapter - 07: Strategic leadership – navigating a course into an uncertain future;
    • Chapter - 08: Extreme leadership – leading when life is threatened;
    • Chapter - 09: Future leadership – the way forward


Alan Cutler has reflected deeply on the theory and practice of leadership and has written a book that is a stimulating contribution to the subject.
Professor John Adair, Chair of Leadership Studies, United Nations System Staff College

Leadership Psychology offers practical guidance for leaders, based upon relevant psychological theory.
Dr. Gail Steptoe-Warren, Principal Lecturer, Psychology and Behavioural Studies, Coventry College

Everything is carefully and considerably mixed together, case studies, feedback, viewpoints, to make an engaging, thoughtful, critical and candid read. A very good, rounded book on a fascinating subject.
Darren Ingram, Darren Ingram Media

The book is clearly written, very readable, refreshingly free of obfuscating jargon, logically organized, comprehensive, and informative. It will certainly be of value to anyone interested in the field of leadership either from a theoretical and conceptual perspective on the one hand or from a practical, hands-on, and developmental perspective on the other.
Ira J.Morrow, Assoc. Prof. of Management, Lubin School of Business, Pace Univ., Personnel Psychology

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749470814
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd September 2014
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 296 pages

About the Author

Alan Cutler has had a varied career, including 16 years commissioned service in the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Squadron Leader in 1989, and Head of Hospitality Services at Aston University. For the past 14 years he has run his own training and consultancy company, Hospitality Leadership. He is also a Senior Associate of Adair International and a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Hospitality.

Alan Cutler

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