Developing leadership
A learning and development manual
By Peter Gilbert and Neil Thompson

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The quality of leadership is often the key difference between:
  • organisational success and failure
  • a positive, energizing, place to work, and a negative, stressful environment.

  • This manual can help trainers and managers, directors, councilors and trustees to create cultures and working environments that motivate and inspire people.

    It presents effective leadership as inseparable from other issues of workplace well-being, and something that can pay dividends in terms of:
  • higher standards of work
  • higher levels of job satisfaction
  • a better working environment
  • fewer mistakes or difficult situations to deal with
  • clearer procedures and expectations
  • more and better opportunities for learning.

  • To help unlock these benefits, it provides material that is suitable for use by both experienced and less experienced trainers:
  • a general introduction and overview, discussing the role and significance of leadership and its development in modern organisations.
  • 11 exercises, together with guidance; 12 leadership biographies; and 14 presentation slides on which training courses and staff development exercises can be based
  • a reference summary of the main theoretical issues underpinning the work.

  • Purchasers who subsequently register their purchase with RHP may obtain, at no extra cost, the worksheets, biographies and presentation slides from the manual in PDF and PowerPoint format.

    Peter Gilbert's previous book - Leadership: Being Effective and Remaining Human (RHP, 2005) - was acclaimed: 'Asserts a powerful and clear image of the human service leader.' International Journal of Leadership in Public Service. 'The chapter on the use - and potential abuse - of personal power and authority is essential reading... suitable for anyone practicing leadership at whatever level.' Social Caring. 'Reminds us that leadership occurs at all levels... impressive.' Nursing Standard. 'Provides excellent scope for reflection on personal aspirations and performance.' Social Caring. 'An immense amount of useful material.' Youth & Policy.

    This new manual will be especially useful to anyone who wants to move away from managerialist approaches to the workplace, towards cultures and environments that promote 'remaining human' as well as 'being effective'... through enlightened leadership.

    'Managerialism' puts the emphasis on targets and the accompanying unavoidable bureaucracy; and can be seen to be trying to squeeze as much out of people as possible. It results in a negative impact on morale and a tendency to produce disaffection and stress. On the other hand, the holistic approach in Developing Leadership will help you to:
  • get the best out of people
  • create cultures and working environments that motivate - and inspire - because they are genuinely supportive of staff and appreciative of their efforts
  • develop the skills of actual and aspiring leaders
  • help others learn how to train and support leaders.

  • It will be of value to a wide range of organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

    A4 wiro. 160 pages. 978-1-905541-61-4. Published July 2010. £39.95.


    In organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors, it is for:
  • trainers
  • senior managers who run team development sessions
  • senior managers, both operational and strategic
  • staff in personnel or human resources sections who are responsible for advising others on matters relating to leadership
  • councillors, trustees, directors and others involved in policy development, implementation and review
  • lecturers and tutors in colleges and universities; and their libraries.


    Who is this manual for?
    Series editor's foreword
    About the Learning for Practice series
    About this manual
    The series editor
    The authors
    How to use this manual
    Photocopying permission for the use of the worksheets, biographies and presentation slides
    Electronic supply of the worksheets, biographies and presentation slides
    Setting the Context
    Reflections on leadership
    What is leadership?
    Leadership integrated to practice
    Personal values
    Professional values
    Managing oneself
    Thinking things through and thinking ahead
    Leadership and management
    The managerial tasks
    So, where does leadership come in, and is it different from management?
    Theories of leadership
    Creating an effective culture
    What is culture?
    Culture is complex
    The leader's role
    Barriers to effective leadership
    An holistic approach
    Learning for the future as well as the present
    Conclusion: serve to lead
    Training and development
    STEP factors
    SWOT analysis
    Images of leadership
    Leadership recognition
    Leadership biographies
    Styles of leadership
    Leadership and management
    Balancing task: team and individual
    Obstacles to leadership
    Identifying one's own needs in self-leadership
    Recommended reading
    Organisations and websites
    Biographies and slides


    Peter Gilbert is an independent consultant in social and health care, Professor of Social Work and Spirituality at Staffordshire University, and visiting Professor with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and the University of Worcester. He worked for 27 years in local government social services, as a practitioner/manager and senior manager, including being Director of Social Services in Worcestershire from 1997 to 2001. He is the author of Leadership: Being Effective and Remaining Human (RHP, 2005) and co-editor of Spirituality, Values and Mental Health (Jessica Kinglsey, 2007). He recently co-authored a national position paper for SCIE on leadership and personalisation.

    Neil Thompson is Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd, a company offering training and consultancy across the 'people professions' - that is, the helping professions plus management, supervision and leadership more broadly. He has over 100 publications to his name, including best-selling textbooks, papers in learned journals and training and open learning materials. His website is

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