Praise for ‘Leadership for the Age of Change’
With so many books on leadership available, one can quite rightly ask – why another book on leadership? With a compelling insight into ‘Leadership for the age of change: How to lead successfully in the 21st century’, this title is indicative of a book that is not just another book on leadership, but a helpful companion in the ever increasing complexity of leadership. The ability to lead change effectively has become one of the most important leadership competencies in a disruptive VUCA world where change is the norm. With research overwhelmingly confirming the importance of competent change leadership to deliver successful change projects, this aspect cannot be emphasized enough. Indeed, it became impossible and erroneous to distinguish between leadership in general and change leadership. ‘Leadership for the age of change’, provides a compelling case for the necessity for leaders to develop their leadership knowledge competence in leading change and organisations in a rapidly changing environment. But the book does not stop there, it also provides an exciting blend of useful suggestions and guidelines for leaders to use in their endeavours.
In ‘Leadership for the age of change’, Dr Lourens expertly makes use of experience and draw on applicable theory to present relevant concepts, examples, frameworks and principles to enhance any leaders’ ability to lead change effectively. The book is a practical and easy guide to use for practising leaders. Although the content is supported by a sound scientific foundation, it is uncluttered of unnecessary complicated language and theoretical models. The frameworks and models are practical and easy to understand. They provide a comprehensive approach on leadership, and change leadership in particular, whilst maintaining a pragmatic and realistic focus.
Providing effective leadership is never easy, even more so to provide effective change leadership and leadership in an era of disruptive change. ‘Leadership for the age of change’ provides leaders with useful guidelines to build their leadership competence and to apply it effectively in their daily leadership practices and to lead change interventions successfully.
Prof Mias de Klerk , Leadership and Human Capital Management, Head: Research University of Stellenbosch Business School