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2003 News Release
New Edition of The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development Translates 33 Years of Research into Practical Knowledge

The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development

November 2003 - Greensboro, N.C. - Enhanced strategies for developing the leadership skills of women and minorities and research that calls for rethinking traditional notions of leadership highlight the second edition of The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) Handbook of Leadership Development, a comprehensive source that encapsulates the Center's 33 years of groundbreaking leadership research and training.

In the five years since the first edition of the Handbook was published, there have been many significant developments in how leadership is perceived and practiced. A joint publication of CCL and the Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series, the second edition of the Handbook reflects the Center's most current learning about leadership practices. The 528-page book, released in November and edited by Cynthia McCauley and Ellen Van Velsor of CCL, features chapters written by 24 experts and also includes a companion CD-ROM containing 15 classic CCL publications.

Jay Conger, an author and professor at London Business School, says the Handbook "overflows with rich and practical insights, tools and frameworks. Best of all it is the cumulative wisdom of a group of individuals with an extraordinary dedication to unraveling the mysteries of developing leadership."

"We believe that the Handbook is an indispensable guide to developing leaders and leadership capacity," CCL President John Alexander says. "Organizations today are facing unprecedented challenges that often overwhelm individual and organizational leadership. The only effective response is development to build increased leadership skill and capacity."

One of the expanded chapters in the second edition, "Leader Development Across Gender," explores specific steps that organizations can take to cultivate the leadership potential of women, from the creation of networks that offer support and feedback to reviewing the types of rewards given to male and female managers. Another revamped chapter, "Leader Development Across Race," looks in depth at what organizations can do to promote racial diversity within their management ranks, from linking inclusiveness to business strategies to recognizing that diversity issues need long-term attention rather than quick fixes.

Four entirely new chapters also appear in the second edition of the Handbook. Two of them focus on the value of coaching and lifelong adult development. The other two new chapters describe CCL's ongoing efforts to rethink traditional notions of leadership. Specifically, the chapters approach leadership as an organizational capacity that is embedded in the relationships, systems and cultures that extend throughout organizations and not just in individuals in traditional, high-profile leadership roles.

The second edition of the Handbook is available for $85. To purchase a copy, please call CCL's bookstore at +1 336 286 4096 or go to our online bookstore. Review copies are available for the media; contact Stephen Martin at +1 336 286 4038 or

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

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Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038