Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders

Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders is a unique contribution to the complex subject of leadership. Dr. Ayad and Dr. Rahim build on their vast and diverse experience to translate academic concepts of leadership into a practical roadmap for students as well as managers, executives, and business leaders. This book is an overview of contemporary aspects of leadership such as change management, diversity, and servant leadership that goes beyond philosophical arguments to "applied management" and "leadership-in-action".

Dr. Ayad narrates chapters of his own succesful journey of working with leaders who were able to turnaround organizations and deliver profits and shares amazing stories, insights, and leadership success secrets. Dr. Rahim, a survivor of the Killing Fields in Cambodia, brings a unique perspective to the topic of leadership from a servitude point of view. His work as a social entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, public servant and management consultant helps to diversify the leadership conversation and brings social responsibility to the forefront. The combination of Ayad's and Rahim's professional experiences and education adds a refreshing twist to a core topic that makes you want to rethink your understanding of what makes a leader and how leadership should be developed in the new millennium.

Leading the Creative Mind

Bringing together creative people to develop fresh, new, innovative ideas and to propel a business forward is challenging work. It isn’t enough to simply follow policy and procedure, or to gently nudge creative people toward success. It takes strength, courage, and insight into how creative people work, live, and respond.

Creative Leadership expert Anthony Lake unravels the mystery of the creative employee by using simple yet elegant cases in business and the arts to frame this practical guide for Leading the Creative Mind. Born from his executive work with arts organizations, his consulting, and his leadership research, Lake creates a series of exercises designed to strengthen skills for leading creative individuals. The focus is on four key pillars for success:

  1. Reflecting and Engaging Sensitively with Creative People
  2. Designing Effective Creativity Teams
  3. Developing and Addressing Real Challenges
  4. Fixing Ailing Work Groups

This is a guide for keeping inspired, balancing innovation with effective communication, and collaborating from a position of leadership.

Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business around the Globe: The New Age of Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of corporate self-regulation, where CSR policy and practice help to ensure business practices meet socially responsible ethical standards and encourage a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere. While corporate social responsibility is not a new phenomenon, this approach to “corporate conscience” or “sustainable responsible business” has increased in popularity and usage across the world in recent years. Furthermore, as we live in an increasingly hyper-competitive and interconnected globalized world, corporate social responsibility concepts and practices are increasingly being taught in top universities and being utilized more and more to drive responsible business practices and positive social change around the globe.

This edited collection provides a comprehensive introduction to corporate social responsibility and explores the impacts for the modern global economic landscape, presenting a wide range of cross-disciplinary research in an organized, clear, and accessible manner. It will be informative to social science and management academics and instructors, while also instructing organizational managers, leaders, and human resource development professionals of all types seeking to understand proven practices and methods in corporate social responsibility to promote ongoing organizational and societal success.