Welcome to the Real World

Phil Hodgson led a team of researchers from Ashridge to investigate what people actually did when they moved into a top job (CEO, MD, President). The report, called 'Top Leader Journey', identified a world where having competencies was merely the entry ticket. Effective leaders needed to be flexible and able to learn from all situations. Eight perspectives, such as the leader’s credibility, and the significance of the top team are re-evaluated in this post-Enron, post-heroic leader research.

Hodgson, P. (2004) Welcome to the Real World, in Crainer, S. & Dearlove, D. (eds) FT Handbook of Management, 3rd edition, Financial Times Prentice Hall.