Title The Leadership Lab
Subtitle Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century
Author Chris Lewis, Pippa Malmgren
ISBN 9780749483432
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 296
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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The Leadership Lab rightly shines a white hot spotlight on the need for 21st century leaders to be thinking about gender and provides a valuable snapshot on how to get started.”

Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia, Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London


“Wise words on leadership to steer you through perilous waters.”

Sir Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham


“Interesting, insightful, innovative. A must read if you choose to lead.”

Lord Holmes of Richmond, Paralympian


“The forward thinking in The Leadership Lab forces us to revisit how we frame our judgements and how we put teams together. This new thinking is so important when the pace of change is so high. Adopting empathetic leadership and diverse thinking will create the critical competitive advantage.”

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President techUK, Chair Digital Leaders, Non-Executive Director & Advisor


The Leadership Lab comes at an important moment when we’re moving from traditional management approaches to an enabling leadership philosophy. The authors identify the new expectations required of leaders to do the right things and not just to do things right. This message is critical at a time when uncertainty is the new norm.”

Charlotte Lindsey Curtet, Director of Digital Transformation at The International Committee of the Red Cross


“The book that proves the reign of the ‘hero CEO’ is over. Chris Lewis and Pippa Malmgren make a compelling case for the philosophy that many of us have already bought into - successful modern leadership is about how you interact with the people around you and the information at your fingertips.”

Melanie Richards, Vice Chair KPMG


“Society is changing at an exponential rate. To thrive, our thinking also has to change at an exponential rate. The Leadership Lab, provides a much needed road map for that change.”

Hap Klopp, Founder of The North Face, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Hult University


“In this robustly researched and powerfully articulated book, Lewis and Malmgren explore the contemporary geopolitical and economic challenges facing today’s leaders. They cut through the prevailing confusion to provide an invaluable world view and perspectives on new social, cultural, technological, behavioural, political and economic realities.”

Amir Hussain, CoE (Chief of Everything), Yeme Architects

“In a world that seems to be changing faster than ever before, one constant remains - the need for inspirational and effective leaders. With disruptive forces showing no sign of slowing, this is a vital contribution at a timely moment.”

Andy Silvester, The Sun


“This is a unique book, summarizing today’s realities and the trends that will dictate the future. It is the voice of today’s leaders, obtained by the authors visiting numerous cities around the globe, holding open-ended sessions with key individuals from a variety of walks of life. I highly recommend it.”

Robert J. Herbold, Former Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation


“The insights, observations and recommendations in The Leadership Lab are incredibly relevant to the myriad of challenges facing leaders today. This must-read book turns the traditional model of leadership on its head and proposes a more inclusive one that takes into account the increasingly fast-paced and inter-connected world in which we operate.”

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global Chair of 30% Club and Head of Financial Institutions Europe at ANZ Bank


“This book should be gifted to politicians the day after they are elected and used as a career bible for all those who aspire to lead. Now, more than ever, they need to be armed with skills which embrace a new way of thinking focused on how we lead in a era where there is an extensive lack of faith in what has gone before.”

Katie Perrior, Former Director of Communications at No.10 Downing St., Times writer, broadcaster and Chair of iNHouse Communications


“Leaders are struggling to adapt to change and it’s clear that the education system is also struggling with the demands of the new world. Experienced leaders are realising that what worked in the past is no longer viable in the multigenerational, agile and non-hierarchical organisations of tomorrow. This book provides essential guidance on how best to operate in the disruptive Now Economy.”

Mark Borkowski, founder Borkowski PR


“How do you lead in a world of constant confusing change? Not in the same way you did 20 years ago. That’s a lesson too many leaders have failed to learn - and why The Leadership Lab has to be a must read for all of them.”

Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor-in-chief, Moneyweek


How can today’s business leaders keep up with seismic geopolitical and economic shifts that include Brexit, inflation and the unseating of traditional political powers, and what do these mean for their own leadership narratives? In The Leadership Lab, bestselling author Chris Lewis and superstar megatrends analyst Dr Pippa Malmgren help you lead your team through this change successfully. Covering everything from how to build a new type of leadership trust when other spheres of public power have been overturned, to robots overtaking companies and worldwide indebtedness affecting business, this book explains not only why the old rules no longer apply, but also how to blaze a trail in this new world order and be the best leader you can be.

The Leadership Lab includes exclusive interviews with top executives grappling with the new world order and discusses what key global trends keep them awake at night and how they respond to them. It is a must-read for aspiring leaders and C-level executives seeking to develop a real intuition when it comes to dealing with the global currents disrupting business and how to build an empathetic, credible, stable and strong leadership path.


About the Authors

Foreword by Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Foreword by The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP




Chapter 1: Understanding the Effects of Overload: Information and Inundation • Left-brain process • Right-brain process • The overload • How it changes us • The algorithms make this worse • News is about profits, too • Is the overload hurting our creativity? • The sort of people we’re becoming • The siren call of the numbers • Analysis versus parenthesis • Our socio-economic perspective also dictates our understanding • How this changes the leader’s mandate • Spotting the signs of a waterboarded leader • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 2: Understanding a New Type of Economics: Internationalism and Insularity • Fear stalks the economic landscape • Fear has no respect for data • Offshore revelations • Avoiders and evaders • The wrong sort of data • So don’t tell me there’s no inflation • How inflation is hidden • Hedonics • The topography of inflation • Meet the cause of inflation – debt, debt and more debt • Bad leadership hides bad news • Nothing new under the sun • In office, but not in power • Is the Internet deflationary or inflationary? • Time to get nerdy • The ultimate solution to Inflation – smash it up • Cryptocurrencies • A booming stock market • It’s the same the whole world over/It’s the poor what gets the blame-It’s the rich what gets the pleasure-Ain’t it all a bloomin’ shame? • Living in the present, but destroying the future • Leadership implications of these economic changes • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 3: Understanding a New Type of Behaviour: Immediacy and Impatience • I want it now! • How we have become ‘Amazonified’ • The consistent rise in disposable incomes • Patience is not one virtue, but three • Patience as a key factor in efficiency • Impatience and stress • Can patience be learnt? • Impatience and relationships • The effect on politics, leadership and trust • The impatience for change, even just the perception of change • Impatience is the source of division • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 4: Understanding a New Philosophy: Intelligence and Insurgency • What is intelligence? • Intelligence as enlightenment • The axis of leadership challenge • Why (the f**k) is everyone so angry? • How bad is the problem? • The leadership opportunity • A new commercial opportunity, too? • Mainstream media makes us angry • Social media make us angry, too • Disintermediation • The leader’s critique • Rule 34 • The case for mindfulness • Resolving conflict • Greed is good? • The ultimate selfishness • Empathy • The process of non-doing • The role of humour • Creative provenance • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 5: Understanding Geopolitics and the New Infrastructure: Infrastructure and Isolation • Geography is destiny • One Belt, One Road, One Circle (BRI) – a brand-new global infrastructure • The biggest infrastructure project the world has ever seen • Defence spending is rising • Old and new causes: but what about the wall? • A new multipolar world with walls • Conflicts cause migration and vice versa • Resource infrastructure • Environment in its widest sense • Protein • Energy and the end of oil • Centralization versus decentralization • Infrastructure is the new politics • Rules • Diplomacy • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 6: Understanding the Data Sphere: Innovation and Intimidation • The rise of the robots? • The Internet of Things • Introducing the Data Sphere • Artificial intelligence (AI) • The bodyNET • Autonomy • Drones • Energy and batteries • A new currency • Green stuff replaced by not very green stuff • Super Computing • The dark Web • Model citizens? • Peer group ratings • Human qualities • The end of the affair? • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 7: Understanding Gender: Inclusivity and Inequality • Assumptions • Understanding gender • Problems with the playing field • Are women more emotionally intelligent? • Do women collaborate more? • Introducing the LAB Brain Model • What is androcentricity? • Who was the internet built by and for whom? • Gender differences on social media • Overconfidence as a cause of our problems • Could it be the faster we move, the more superficial our perception becomes? • An inherent bias against diversity? • A war on men? • Training for confidence • Techniques for boosting confidence • Techniques for breaking the circle • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 8: Understanding a New World: Inspiration and Inversion • Through the looking glass • Can we trust our leaders? • A truly mixed reality • Should we still work hard and save? • Should we be patient and work together to get results? • Is education worth it? • Looking for a new domestic politics • Now our friends spy on us, too • Inversion and alignment • Is success always rewarded? • Is it only the bad guys who use torture? • Does morality matter? • Whatever happened to the future? • A new multipolar world with walls • Globalism is over • Conclusions • Endnotes

Chapter 9: The Global Leaders’ Narrative • Learn the lessons of the past • Study the present • Prepare for the future • Understand how skills and values have changed • Commit to the leadership spirit • Endnotes


About the Authors:

Chris Lewis is the founder and CEO of LEWIS, one of the largest independent marketing and communications agencies in the world. He is a media trainer who has coached senior politicians, businesspeople and celebrities. He is a published author and journalist featured in The Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

Dr Pippa Malmgren is a trend spotter who advises investors and governments about economic policy. She anticipated the Financial Crisis in 2007, the Chinese slowdown, Brexit and Trump’s presidency. She has featured on the BBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times and The Economist.

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