Leadership Matters: 7 skills of very successful leaders.

Tackling the leadership grunt rather than the leadership guilt.

Today’s managers know they want to be good leaders, but are poorly equipped with how to be good leaders.

Leadership Matters: 7 skills of very successful leaders is the first book from the Institute of Managers and Leaders. The book is the guide to leadership success missing from our bookshelves. It is shaped by leadership in practice rather than theory – the “perspiration” rather than “inspiration”.


Co-authored by its Chief Executive David Pich, and Chair of the Board Ann Messenger, Leadership Matters is unapologetically practical, revolving around seven essential leadership skills identified by the Institute’s Policy and Research team and the subject of the IML Conference 2016. Each of the seven skill-based chapters are guest-authored by leading experts from diverse industry backgrounds with case studies from globally celebrated organisations from Hewlett-Packard to Unilever. Each of the seven guest-authored chapters of Leadership Matters’ focuses on a different key leadership practice. They are titled:

  1. Setting Strategy – by David Pich, Chief Executive of IML
  2. Defining Culture – by Jerome Parisse-Brassens, Regional Director (Asia Pacific) of Walking the Talk
  3. Leading People – by Elaine Jobson, CEO of Jetts Group
  4. Making Decisions – by Kristen Hansen, Director of EnHansen Performance
  5. Ethical Leadership – by Robert Wood, Director at the Centre of Ethical Leadership; and Melissa Wheeler, Research Manager at the Centre of Ethical Leadership
  6. Inclusion Matters – by Kirsten Lees, Principal at Think First; and Ann Messenger, Chair of the Institute of Managers and Leaders
  7. Networking is working – by Margot Smith, GM of Membership – Strategy and Engagement at the Institute of Managers and Leaders

Focusing on leadership in action, Leadership Matters shows us what great leadership looks like and how to become that leader through an exciting series of interviews with internationally-celebrated leaders from around the world, including:

  • Alan Joyce AC, CEO of Qantas
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
  • Neelam Dhawan, Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India
  • Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International
  • Gloria Ai, Founder of iAsk Media
  • Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group and Vikas Goswani, Sustainability Head of Godrej Group
  • Chris van Nieuwerburgh, Professor at Henley Business School
  • Jun Wang, Founder of iCarbonX

Member Price: $25 + $8.50 (postage and packaging)
Non-Member Price: $34.95 + $8.50 (postage and packaging)


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About the authors

David Pich is CEO of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly the Australian Institute of Management), one of Australia’s oldest and most respected professional membership-based organisations. David’s leadership career spans a range of senior executive roles in sales, marketing, PR and consulting for a number of global companies and in the not-for-profit sector.

David advocates passionately for sound management and leadership practice. He strongly believes that good leaders have an impact well beyond the workplace.

Ann Messenger is the first national Chair of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. She originally joined the Australian Institute of Management as a student member in the mid-1980s. Ann has worked in senior roles in Australia and South America with local and multi-national companies. Her passion for strong management and leadership has remained with her throughout her career in corporate finance and middle market advisory, most recently in the not-for-profit and education sectors.

Both are inspiring leaders themselves.

Leadership Matters is published by Major Street Publishing.