Why I wrote Dilemmas of Leadership

Video of author Tudor Rickards by Alex Hough

Why does any author write a textbook on leadership to compete in such a crowded marketplace? Obsession, vanity, a rich fantasy life? Maybe even because you think you have something new and hopefully valuable to say.

Arguably a bad time to ask the question is when (as now) the author is waiting for the final proofs to come back from the publishers.

Times they are a changing

At the time of writing the first edition of Dilemmas of Leadership, Twitter had not been thought of, Facebook was in its infancy and Smart phones, iPads and Wikileaks were for the future. China had only recently begun to be talked about as an emerging global superpower. The victory of Barack Obama, America’s first black President, was attributed in part to a campaign which mobilised a generation able to draw on the power of new media in its communications. The financial shocks of 2008-9 were followed by the political upheavals accompanying the so-called Arab Spring of 2011. Social media began to change the way in which knowledge was created and communicated. It would be difficult to continue to use a textbook that made no reference to such global events.

New readers start here

Dilemmas of Leadership, as its title suggests, concerns itself with leadership challenges which are difficult to resolve. Its fundamental approach involves the use of a metaphor of knowledge representation as a map. Map-reading, map-making, and map-testing are proposed as leadership skills enabling leadership development and more effective action possibilities in dealing with complex and uncertain situations. Subscribers to Leaders We Deserve will have come across the approach in many of the posts. The book has been applied on teaching assignments in a range of international locations including the introductory module for all Manchester Business School World Wide MBA programmes

The video diary

Video-maker Alex Hough is experimenting with ways of capturing ideas with minimum editing and rehearsal, as a kind of video diary. They seem increasingly appropriate as part of personal development programmes, using low-tech recording equipment.

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3 Responses to Why I wrote Dilemmas of Leadership

  1. samer al salhi says:

    This is not Hypocrisy or just a compliment. I have completed the course of leadership in MBSWW with Prof. Tudor. The book “dilemma of leadership” is one of the best books I ever read not only for the academic course but in general.

    it is interesting, although “NOT EASY”, full of rich theories that cover leadership subject. When compared to other books which only cover those theories it also covers what all leadership book miss, which is what is mentioned in the video, the methodology to deal with leadership dilemmas as well as the aspect of creativity in leadership.

    Other leadership books – with respect to authors – concentrate on the theories but nothing except theory and I always say they are almost like history books – full of details but rigid. I read the book 4 times ( times during the course) and each time I read I get more knowledge and deepen my understanding of leadership

    god bless you Tudor

  2. Yaqoob Baqerpour says:

    Prof. Rickards,
    I took GEL in Dubai in July 2011 , with Dr. Benson and Dr. Mnisri. I am endeavoring to do the individual assignment. The thing I am sure is the way your book has changed my perspective of and insight into everyday global issues, which I now analyze in terms of dilemmas and maps.
    Without any exaggeration , I can say that Dilemmas of leadership has been the most influential and inspiring book I have ever read, and the concepts presented by Tudor are applicable not only in leadership issues per se , but also in everyday decision making.

    So, your book is widely wanted , will be read and appreciated.
    Hope to see you someday
    Best Regards
    Yaqoob Baqerpour

  3. Thank you Samer and Yaqoob

    It is very encouraging for me as a teacher to read such comments. They give another answer to ‘why I wrote Dilemmas of Leadership’.

    Meeting will be a further pleasure.

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