Shortlist for £5,000 Management Book of the Year 2018 announced

Leadership lessons from the past, present and future are the big themes running through the 25 titles short listed for the 2018 Management Book of the Year.

More than 140 books were entered this year into the competition’s five categories: Management Futures; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Practical Manager; Commuter’s Read; and Management and Leadership Textbook.

Now in its eighth year, Management Book of the Year signposts managers and leaders to the books that are breathing new life into management and leadership thinking.

Leading the charge are Pearson, Harvard Business Review and Konan Page. Among the books shortlisted by the panel of judges is Defining Moments by Joseph L. Badarraco, which examines how managers can navigate moral decision-making in business by drawing on the insights of four historical philosophers - Aristotle, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and James.

Addressing one of the challenges of leadership in the present day, The Presentation Book 2nd Edition by Emma Ledden provides advice on compelling communication in the TED Talk era.

David Guillebaud takes a futuristic approach as he questions why are some many companies paralysed by the threat of disruptive technologies in Disruption Denial. In Megatech Technology in 2050, Daniel Franklin Reynolds identifies the big ideas, fantastic inventions and potentially sinister trends that will shape our future.

Management Book of the Year is run by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – the professional membership body – in partnership with The British Library, and supported by Henley Business School.

Petra Wilton, CMI’s director of strategy, commented:

Thousands of books on how to become a better manager and leader are published every year. Our shortlist directs everyone from first-time managers to senior business leaders to those books that will make a definite difference to how they think and act as management and leadership professionals. This year’s shortlist shows there are some great lessons to be learned from the past, present and future. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical guidance within these books are essential reads.

The five category winners and an overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 7 February 2018 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize. Last year’s overall winner was Originals by Adam Grant, published by Ebury.

Commenting on his achievement, Grant said:

It’s a tremendous honour to win CMI’s Management Book of the Year. I thank CMI, the judges and everyone involved with the competition for this recognition.

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library and a Companion of the CMI, said:

The British Library is honoured and thrilled to be hosting the CMI Management Book of the Year awards again. Not only are we the UK’s national research Library with a world-class collection of management studies resource, but also we have a long and successful relationship with CMI and are delighted to be supporting them in their mission to develop management and leadership.

For the full shortlist online, please visit:

Shortlist at a glance:

Book Author / Authors Publisher
Management Futures
A Better Way of Doing Business? Lessons from the John Lewis Partnership Graeme Salaman and John Storey Oxford University Press
Building Digital Culture. A practical guide to successful digital transformation Daniel Rowles and Thomas Brown Kogan Page
Disruption Denial. Why companies are ignoring the disruptive threats that are staring them in the face David Guillebaud LID Publishing
Fully Connected. Thriving and surviving in an age of overload Julia Hobsbawm Bloomsbury Publishing
Inclusive Leadership. The definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy - locally and globally Charlotte Sweeney and Fleur Bothwick Pearson
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Built to Grow. How to deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth Royston Guest Wiley
The Corporate Startup. How established companies can develop successful innovation ecosystems Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma and Esther Gons Vakmedianet Management
The Growth Director’s Secret. Why businesses struggle to grow - and what you can do to change it Andrew Brent Bloomsbury Business
In Your Creative Element Claire Bridges Kogan Page
The Power of Little Ideas. A low-risk, high-reward approach to innovation David Robertson Harvard Business Review
Practical Manager
Defining Moments. When managers must choose between right and right Joseph L. Badaracco Harvard Business Review
The Finance Book Stuart Warner and Si Hussain Pearson
The Leadership Challenge. How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations 6th ed James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner Wiley
Strategy Journeys David Booth Taylor and Francis
Time, Talent, Energy
Overcome organizational drag and unleash your team’s productive power
Michael Mankins and Eric Garton Harvard Business Review
The Commuter’s Read
Emotional Intelligence. Pocketbook. Little exercises for an intuitive life Gill Hasson Wiley
Keys To Success. 50 secrets from a business maverick John Timpson Icon Books
Megatech Technology in 2050 Daniel Franklin Profile Books
The Paula Principle. How and why women work below their level of competence Tom Schuller Scribe UK
Think Like An Innovator. 76 inspiring business lessons from the world's greatest thinkers and innovators Paul Sloane Pearson
New Manager
Brilliant Coaching 3rd edition Julie Starr Pearson
Happy Working Relationships Rev edition Simon Jones Wordscapes
Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook. The 17 skills leaders need to stand out Harvard Business Review
Potential. Find it. Own it. Work it. David Guile Rethink Press
The Presentation Book 2nd Edition. How to create, shape and deliver it! Emma Ledden Pearson

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About CMI

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

CMI has led the way in developing a suite of trailblazing management apprenticeships with a 40-strong group of employers. These start from Level 3 (team leader) and Level 5 (operations manager) through to Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship gives employers the option to upskill up to executive and C-suite level. CMI is a Skills Funding Agency-registered apprentice assessment organisation.

We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support that helps them to embrace change, create high-performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

With a member community of more than 157,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

About the competition

The Management Book of the Year competition, which is now in its seventh year, was created to uncover the best books on management and leadership, and help raise the profile of the great management writing published in the UK.

The winners of the five categories and the overall winner – who will scoop a £5,000 prize – will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 7 February 2017.


A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

Last year’s overall winner was Frugal Innovation by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, published by Profile (Economist Books). Previous overall and category winners include Steven D’Souza, Diana Renner, Richard Newton, Christopher Bones, Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.

British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK, having been established in 1945. Henley is in the 1% of all business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is known for empowering individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Its distinctive approach is proven to deliver results for individuals and businesses alike.