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The Connected Leader: Creating Agile Organisations for People, Performance and Profit

Emmanuel Gobillot

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Format: Paperback, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780749452766
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pub. Date: June 28, 2008

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What if management thinking to date has been directed at the wrong problem?

What if leadership literature’s focus on formal authority and organizational structures has been at the expense of the “Real Organization” - the powerful network of informal relationships that doesn’t appear on any organizational chart?

What then?

The result of 150 years of leadership thinking is simple:

Leaders always eventually fail.

In today’s context, formal hierarchies are no longer effective. Only the real organization, with its cross-cutting networks, is agile enough to respond to the “people economy” (the new context brought about by mass consumer and employee emancipation).

Taking a 21st-century approach to leadership theory, The Connected Leader argues that modern leaders need to engage with employees and customers in order to improve performance and profit. Relationships based on trust and meaningful dialogue provide benefits for the organization, employees and customers.

The Connected Leader offers both a theoretical background and practical examples for the evaluation of leadership skills. Diagnostic tools based on the author’s own extensive work in this field provide a unique opportunity for the reader to put theory into practice.


“We are at our best when we feel a part of something meaningful and important. Emmanuel Gobillot goes beyond helping us to envision effective leaders to creating the power of possibilities with engaged leaders. He integrates observations from a huge number of fields and industries to bring a fantastic exploration of the essence of great leadership relationships - being connected and engaged!”
—Professor Richard E Boyatzis, Department of Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Case Western University, Adjunct Professor of Human Resources, ESADE, co-author of Resonant Leadership and the international best-seller Primal Leadership

“Gobillot has written a clever, indeed intriguing, book. It draws on a wide range of materials from the classic leadership literature and modern strategic thinking to produce a work both engaging and practical. People all over organizations will find much of value.”
—Professor Gareth Jones, visiting professor at INSEAD, Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and co-author of Why Should Anyone be Led by You?

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Emmanuel Gobillot is a senior Director at Hay Group where he has led the Consumer Sector Consulting practice. In October 2006 he became head of Leadership Services. He advises CEOs and executives from Fortune 500 and FT100 companies globally on leadership and organizational effectiveness. One of Europe’s most sought after leadership speakers he is frequently asked by the media to comment on communication, innovation and leadership issue. A French national, Emmanuel has lived in the United Kingdom for the last 20 years.

Table of Contents
Part 1: The Case for Connections11
1What Do People Want?13
2How Do Organizations Respond?31
Part 2: The Case for Connected Leadership61
3What Must Leaders Do?63
4How Can Leaders Succeed?81
Part 3: The Levers of Connected Leadership109
5How to Connect Through Trust111
6How to Engage Through Meaning129
7How to Sustain Performance Through Dialogue147
Part 4: Developing Connected Leadership169
Step 1: Understanding the "real"171
Step 2: Map out the "formal"/"real" gap179
Step 3: Evaluate your impact183
Step 4: Develop connected leadership characteristics189
Step 5: Build a supporting context201
Concluding Thoughts209

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