The first book by Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward has been shortlisted for the prestigious CMI Management Book of the Year prize.
Connected Leadership: How to build a more agile, customer-driven business, is published by FT Publishing and was WHSmith Business Book of the Month in January 2016. It has been widely endorsed by prominent academics and business leaders, including Standard Life CEO Paul Matthews, who described it as, “A great read for managers and leaders who want to make a difference.”
Set up by the Chartered Management Institute to promote excellence in all areas of management and leadership, the CMI Management Book of the Year prize was created to celebrate the very best in the field of management writing. Held in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, the competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful.
The shortlist has five categories, each containing five books. Connected Leadership is shortlisted in the ‘Management Futures’ category. This category features books which offer a valuable insight into the future of management, providing current and aspiring managers with the skills or knowledge to support them in the workplace of the future. The overall shortlist represents what the CMI describes as true ‘#ManagementGold’ – books which make a very strong contribution to the field and which are worth the time of a busy manager. Trust and ethics, diversity and productivity are key themes running through this year’s shortlist.
During the next stages of judging, five category winners will be chosen. An overall winner will then be selected from these to be awarded the title of CMI Management Book of the Year. All winners will be announced at the awards evening to be held at the British Library in February 2017.
Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, commented: “Thousands of books on how to become a better manager and leader are published every year. Our shortlist directs everyone from first-time managers to senior business leaders to those books that will make a definite difference to how they think and act as management and leadership professionals. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical lessons within these books are essential reads.”
“I’m thrilled that Connected Leadership has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award,” said Simon. “The book draws on my doctoral research at Alliance Manchester Business School and combines it with my real-world experience of working with global leaders to help develop more connected, customer-centred organisations. I benefited a great deal from the support of my publishers at FT Publishing, which is part of Pearson. The book aims to support leaders in a rapidly changing business environment, so for the CMI to recognise it as one that offers valuable insights into the future of management is quite an accolade. It is designed to be a very practical guide.”