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Brave New Leader

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Paperback: 9781912300686     

Ebook: 9781912300693   

Date: 28th September 2023

Extent: 232 pages

Size: 234 x 156mm, portrait

Text: Black and white

Subject: Leadership

Rights available: Worldwide

Brave New Leader

How To Transform Workplace Pressure into Sustainable Performance and Growth

by Vicky Smith and Lesley Cooper


Despite regular encouragement for employees to speak up if they’re unhappy, and a wide range of personal support systems, wellbeing remains a key concern for leaders at all levels, from small teams to multinationals. 

The message from the top is to speak candidly and openly about the impact and effect of workplace pressure. However, that messaging isn’t working. The harsh truth is that when people feel under pressure, they worry about speaking up, fuelled by fear of the consequences if they do.

Bravery and courage are needed to challenge a workplace culture that sustains fear. This book shows you how to develop and use them to turn the dial in the opposite direction, by utilising pressure to drive growth and performance.

It offers you a practical way to identify the fears that sabotage trust and openness, and an employee’s ability to contribute their whole selves at work. Using a proven and scalable approach to eliminating the conditions that nurture fear, it shows you how to:

  • Strengthen your resolve to tackle an unhealthy workplace culture.

  • Drive change through small yet powerful adjustments to behaviour.

  • Use practical tools to create a culture where everyone feels able to speak openly.

Built around incremental, achievable steps, Brave New Leader empowers you with the tools, mindset, and courage you need to turn a damaging tide of pressure and fear into an enduring wave of enhanced employee contribution, engagement, fulfilment and wellbeing.

About the authors

Vicky Smith is passionate about sharing her knowledge and has more than 20 years’ experience of consulting, coaching, facilitation and training in locations across the globe. She holds an MSc in Organisation Development and Consultancy, an MSc in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Health and Exercise. She is working through a PhD, researching psychological safety in organisations, and is also a qualified NLP trainer, psychotherapist and executive coach.

Lesley Cooper is the founder of WorkingWell Ltd, a specialist health and performance consultancy based in London. An experienced speaker she has more than 25 years’ experience in the design and delivery employee wellbeing and performance strategy. Lesley has contributed to several high-profile TV and radio programmes and is a full member of the International Stress Management Association.

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