Bridging the Scientist-Practitioner Gap
by Patrick Vermeren
Increase your leadership influence and update your leadership practices with this comprehensive and accessible leadership handbook based on the very latest evidence-based research.
How to become a transformational leader by understanding and adopting the Inspirational, Coaching and Participative leadership styles.
Provide better feedback via accurate surveys and feedback techniques.
Learn how to apply the latest motivation theory – Self-Determination Theory (SDT) – based on the need for: belongingness, competence and autonomy.
Adopt modern management practices and replace popular but non-evidence-based organisational practices that have proved to be ineffective and even reduce organisational performance.
Extensive practical techniques and tips are presented for changing ineffective leadership styles.
looking for a ‘how to’ manual on leadership basics.
wanting to update their approach to leading others by referencing the latest leadership research.
wanting to keep up to date with an accessible and single, current reference about leadership.
who have a strong interest in leadership and an impact on leadership policy and alignment of the supporting systems.
After years of intensive literature review, Patrick Vermeren has astonishingly managed to bring a very ambitious project to a successful conclusion. Few academics can resist the pressure to publish and therefore rarely succeed outside their ivory towers. Conversely,
few consultants take the time to delve into the scientific literature for new developments. Consequently, when they emerge from their training, academics and consultants are each in their own way “unworldly.”
With this book, consultant Patrick Vermeren builds the much-needed bridge between these two worlds and dares to question both himself and the scientific literature while warning against confirmation bias. In a smooth, highly entertaining, and scientifically sound manner, Patrick Vermeren communicates knowledge through this book that will excite both consultants and academics. What is a good leadership style? How do executives key in on employee motivation?
These are the central questions in the book that will no doubt be a source of inspiration for managers who want to optimise their leadership style.
- Maarten Vansteenkiste
Motivation Psychology Professor, Ghent University
Department of Development, personality and social psychology
overview of key theories
referencing of key research based on these theories
practical “how to’s” in applying the theory
Patrick Vermeren is an HR professional who is fully committed to evidence-based HR. He specializes in leadership development, individual coaching and group facilitation. Patrick Vermeren started his career as an executive in the banking and automotive industries. He developed a passion for learning and science, with particular interest in psychology, behavioural biology and neurobiology. He is very committed to the balance between the interests of business and the well-being of employees. In addition to reviewing various theories of leadership and integrating them in the Leadership Circumplex, this book provides practical advice. Based on the clear vision that reliable knowledge should be shared as much as possible, he published (in Dutch) De HR-Ballon: 10 Populaire Praktijken Doorprikt (The HR Balloon: 10 Popular Practices Punctured; third revised edition 2009) Anders Leiden (Leading Differently; 2009) and Rond Communicatie: De mens als social dier (Around Communication: man as a social animal, 2013).
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