Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward has contributed a chapter on Connected Leadership to the prestigious Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia.  

This handbook provides a comprehensive overview and evaluation of organisational leadership issues across Asia, covering the complexity of leadership research and practices in Asian transformational economies. The chapters are based on empirical studies with evidence-based findings, and provide valuable insights for both leaders and academics.

Simon’s chapter draws on the extensive research he carried out for his doctoral thesis at the global-leading Alliance Manchester Business School and his 2015 book, Connected Leadership. Working in partnership with Alison Tickner, managing director of Cirrus in Asia-Pacific, and our recently-retired colleague Barry Freeman, Simon extended this research through analysing coaching and interview content with leaders across Asia, related to day-to-day business challenges. The chapter demonstrates how Asian organisations can progress towards a more shared leadership approach, highlighting common challenges and suggesting solutions based on case study material. This shift towards shared leadership is in line with the desire of major organisations to become more agile and customer-driven in the global economy.

Endorsing the book, Alan Gregory, Professor of Education at Monash University in Melbourne, says: “This important work offers a framework for action bringing out the positives as well as confronting the negatives to leadership reform. The variety of situations it examines makes compelling reading and is a factual reflection of the diversity Asia offers.”

The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia is edited by leading academics Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn and Dr Adela McMurray and is available to buy on Amazon.

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