Weekly Leadership Contemplations by Amanda Ridings
This is a book for our times. It is for leaders, coaches and other practitioners who are searching for inspiration as they reflect on their leadership experiences and practice. It is a collection of fifty two short pieces, written to invite you to connect with similar moments in your own life and work and to consider them more probingly. The book is meant to be read slowly – it is a written ‘thought for the week’.
The narratives are prompted by the author’s personal experiences and by thought-provoking themes brought to her attention by her executive coaching clients or by events in the world. Many of them highlight the ‘gap’ between our leadership aspirations and our ability to live up to them, and gently challenge the reader to hold themselves to account and to tackle this disparity. Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to make contact with their finest leadership spirit, and to anchor their choices in it.
‘Weekly Leadership Contemplations is both elegant and practical. In the current swell of advice to leaders, the brevity and keenly focussed content are a welcome relief. But do not be beguiled into thinking that these short pieces are lightweight! They are the distillation of years of practice and of profound reflection on the dilemmas that leaders encounter daily, both internal and external. They offer subtle insights and imaginative strategies to the reader.
Amanda has an exceptionally clear mind, which enables her to connect professional experience, knowledge of leadership discourses and her gift for using story to weave reflections that are accessible and powerful. The result is a timely and compelling addition to the 21st century leadership conversation.’
Edna Murdoch, Director, Coaching Supervision Academy Ltd