LEADing Small Business

LEADing Small Business

Business Growth through Leadership Development

Stewart Barnes, Steve Kempster and Sue Smith

This is one of the first books to fully value and realise the connection between leadership and learning in SMEs. It provides a real-life narrative, encapsulating the development of business people on a leadership programme for SME managers, whilst explaining the key theories, models and techniques that underpin the leadership methods and approaches deployed at each stage of the delegate’s journey. The authors examine comprehensive data sources associated with three managers within SMEs and follow them over a ten-month period. Each chapter splits into two – an aesthetic narrative on the learning journey and a ‘theory sandwich’, which draws the reader’s attention to the theories, models and debates underpinning the learning at each stage of the delegate’s journey. A cycle of leadership learning through ‘lived experience’ is outlined and the importance of leadership learning within a community of practice and developing concurrently three key capitals - human, social and institutional capitals - are emphasised.

Chapter 12: LEAD journey: month 10 – December

Stewart Barnes, Steve Kempster and Sue Smith

Subjects: business and management, business leadership, entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour


This chapter focuses on the conclusion of the ten-month long programme with the final Leadership Masterclass and Final Learning and Reflection Day where delegates reflect on their learning journey ahead of inviting their families and friends to the LEAD Graduation Ceremony and Peer Awards.

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