A Coaching Way of Leading

Panellists: Ben Calleja John Campbell

In this conversation, Ben Calleja and John Campbell will explore how contemporary leadership thinking and practice align with key skills and approaches of effective coaching


Resources: A Coaching Way of Leading

Books/Article Referenced

  • Cross, R. & Parker, A. (2004). The hidden power of social networks: Understanding how work really gets done in organization. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Dutton, J. (2003). Energize your workplace (1st ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • [Link to Center for Positive Organizations at University of Michiganhttps://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/]
  • McDaniel, R. (2007). Management strategies for complex adaptive systems: Sensemaking, learning and improvisation. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 20(2), 21-42.

NB: The Leadership Conversations Matrix referred will be outlined in an article that John and Jason Pascoe are writing for the next edition of CollectivED Working Papers. It is due out in July


Quotations from McDaniel article:

  • Sensemakingis defined as, “…turning circumstances into a situation that is comprehended explicitly in words and serves as a springboard to action” (p.28). 
  • “Complex adaptive systems theory suggests that the quality of the relationships may be more important to systems performance than the quality of the agents” (p.35). 


Additional Books and Resources

  • Fairhurst, G. and Sarr, R. (1996). The art of framing: Managing the language of leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Glaser, J. (2014). Conversational intelligence - how great leaders build trust & get extraordinary results. New York, NY: Bibliomotion.
  • Grant, A. M. (2016). The third ‘generation’ of workplace coaching: Creating a culture of quality conversations. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, pp. 1-17.
  • Lambert, L. et al (2002). The constructivist leader. (2nd Edition) New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Groysberg, Boris, & Slind, Michael. (2012). Leadership is a conversation: how to improve employee engagement and alignment in today's flatter, more networked organizations. (Spotlight on Leadership). Harvard Business Review, 90(6), 76–84,
  • Hurley, T. and Brown, J. (2010).Conversational leadership: Thinking together for a change. Oxford Leadership Journal. 1(2), 1-9.
  • Walker, R. & Aritz, J. (2014). Leadership talk: A discourse approach to leader emergence. New York, NY: Business Expert Press.

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