Management, Leadership

It's Tough at the Top: The no-fibbing guide to leadership

What are the critical dos and don'ts when you find yourself at the head of a charity?

It's Tough at the top book cover

*The first edition is now sold out. A second reviewed edition will be published 17th January 2017 and you can buy it now at the pre-publication price of  £14.95 instead of £16.95.

So you’ve got the top job … now what?

Many people find themselves in a senior leadership role without the formal training or support they may have had before.

It’s Tough at the Top is a practical, no-nonsense guide to upper-level management from a respected leader in the voluntary sector.

Drawing upon her experiences as a manager, development consultant and chief executive, Debra Allcock Tyler gets to the heart of what matters in senior management, combining leadership theory and models with personal anecdotes and real-life situations.

No sugar-coating, no soft soap, she just tells it as it is.

Illustrations by Private Eye, The Spectator and The Sunday Times cartoonist Grizelda

Who should buy this book?

This book is for newly appointed chief executives and organisation leaders.

It will also be of great use to those who’ve been in post for some time who could (secretly) do with a refresh, and to those who are considering applying for top-level positions.

What does it cover?

This guide is practical, sympathetic and constructive.

  • Get answers to questions you might be too embarrassed to ask.
  • Top-line information from those who have been there and learnt the hard way.
  • Easy-to-understand format, with case studies and examples.
  • Learn how to lead and inspire, without breaking a sweat.

New to this fully revised second edition:

  • Completely updated material on working with trustees
  • The addition of practical examples and tools
  • New top tips from experienced sector leaders

‘Go into many offices of CEOs in our sector and you will find well-thumbed copies close at hand. Its ideas have got many of us over rough ground more lightly. Perhaps it should be retitled “In Case of Emergency Open Here”!’ Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, NSPCC [from the Foreword].

 

‘Manages to blend real-life experience and sound academic study, while making the book a pleasure to read. Written in an accessible, practical style it doesn’t preach; rather it gives you the opportunity to reflect on your own leadership style and improve both as a boss and as a human being.’ Alex Swallow, The Influence Expert.

 

‘Practical, sympathetic and constructive and answers many of the questions we might be embarrassed to ask.’ Bridget Warr, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Homecare Association.

Of previous edition:

‘A book with character, which is accessible and instructive, with humorous asides throughout’ Lisa Berwin, Third Sector.

 

‘It’s Tough at the Top is my bible.’ Sue Towns Okorodudu, Chief Executive Officer, Voluntary Action Maidstone.

Look inside

Have a look inside ‘It’s Tough at the Top: The no-fibbing guide to leadership’.

About the author

Debra Allcock Tyler

Debra has been the Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change since 2001. She is also founder chair and trustee of the Small Charities Coalition, a trustee of In-Kind Direct, a patron of the Charity Staff Foundation and Vice Chair of Governors of White Knights Primary School. Debra was a member of the Charity Commission’s SORP Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA). She is a member of the Royal Institution and Liberty. She was appointed a Special Ambassador for Girlguiding UK as a result of her work with the Commonwealth Chief Commissioners.

Debra is an internationally published author and her publications for Directory of Social Change include It’s Tough at the Top and The Pleasure and the Pain.

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*This book will be published in January 2017. You can buy it now at pre-publication price and it will be send to you when is published.

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