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Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders and Managers

Soon to be available, the  Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders and Mangers, written by CEO Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of Metcalf & Associates. This workbook is a companion to the winner of Best Business Reference Book in the 2012 International Book Awards.

“Leadership needs innovation the way innovation demands leadership. By combining them, you improve your capacity to deliver results and your organization’s capacity to affect change,” says Metcalf. The Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders and Managers, designed specifically for busy people, includes field-tested processes and worksheets for innovating how you lead, transforming your organization, and creating sustainability. The workbook takes readers on their own leadership journey through a series of development activities while providing insight into the thought processes of a two different and highly successful emerging leaders whose unique challenges provide invaluable insight into how leaders develop and incorporate innovation both personally and professionally.

The Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders and Managers provides a six-step process for developing innovative leadership qualities through a combination of well-researched theory, two practical business case studies, and corresponding tools and templates.

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A seasoned mentor will guide you through the early stages of your development as a leader. For those of you who don’t have that mentor, there’s Innovating Leadership for the Emerging Leader.  Guided by this book, you’ll develop your understanding, testing, and learning about your own leadership.

Jim Ritchie- Dunham, President of the Institute for Strategic Clarity and adjunct faculty member
at the EGADE Business School at Harvard University

This workbook helps you ask key questions of yourself as you emerge into leadership roles. Be patient as you grow.  Take notes and be grateful for both good and mediocre leaders. The good ones model the way. The bad ones remind us what not to do. This workbook will help shape you into an “excellent” leader.

Carla Paonessa, Chair, LeaderShape Board of Directors and Retired Managing Partner, Accenture.

Part of a larger series that addresses various stages of development throughout one’s career, the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders lays out a process for individuals, early in their career, to think about their development, in the context of the organizational culture and systems. It also provides a host of tools to address different needs—a critical success factor for attracting and retaining talent an organization no in varying career stages.

Kate Terrell, Vice President, Human Resources Global Products Organization at Whirlpool Corporation

With the raging war for talent, organizations are looking for straightforward, easily accessible ways to develop their existing workforce. HR organizations will be pleased to find this workbook flexible enough to be used by aspiring leaders independently or as part of a comprehensive leader development program. If you’re new to the challenges of leadership or have been figuring it out on your own, this workbook will guide you every step of the way!

Michelle Reese, Associate Vice President, HR Strategy, Communications, and Change Management,
Ohio State University

Great leaders acknowledge the need for constant growth and development.  The concepts in this workbook provide a framework that supports this development while emphasizing the particular needs of an emerging leader. Through the use of this workbook, you will be able to define your own strengths as a leader and gain important insight into how to use those leadership capacities to influence others, create a vision, and to make a positive contribution to an organization.

Dr. Amy Barnes,  Faculty, Ohio State University

Strong technical skills are the foundation of a great engineer. Just as engineers, the most successful leaders best augment these skills with self-awareness, authenticity, an ability to manage multiple highly complex issues, and an ability to navigate organizational politics with finesse. This workbook helps strong performers build on those skills to become either stronger individual contributors or highly effective leaders.

Ahmet Selamet,  Chair Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Ohio State University

As a recent college graduate, I had been looking for opportunities to further my development as a leader. The Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders has helped me to build invaluable skills to support moving into a new entrepreneurial role. The exercises help me understand my strengths and determine my developmental goals. The workbook and exercises have shaped my approach to life, both personally and professionally.

Anna Klatt,  Mindful Management, LLC. Entrepreneur, and LeaderShape Institute Graduate

Maureen and her co-authors have put together a fantastic workbook for young leaders that provides ways to apply leadership theory in a structure that makes sense. The examples of the vision-based exercises will be useful for anyone looking for a foundation on which to begin.

Roger Chen, Google Analyst, LeaderShape Institute Graduate

In today’s dynamic world, it is critical for organizations to create a leadership development pipeline that will enhance its ability to create distance and differentiation from the competition. Leaders need solid skills to be prepared to meet the growing complexity of problems they are facing on a daily basis . This workbook affords organizations the opportunity to develop leaders using a self-paced approach that can augment internal or external development programs.

Mike Linton, CEO, Adecco, Retired. CEO Staffing Leadership




  • I am searching for textbooks for a new Graduate level course in our University’s new major Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. My course is titled “Leadership in Innovative Organizational Culture.” The book, “Innovative Leadership Workbook for Emerging Leaders and Managers” looks interesting. Can I obtain a copy for review?

    Best Regards,
    Dr. David Eicher
    Brenau University

    Comment | Dr. David Eicher , August 26, 2016
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