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Backstage Leadership

The Invisible Work of Highly Effective Leaders

  • Offers ‘six silent processes’ for success along with an outline of the processes and practical ways of managing them

  • Coverage is comprehensive and foundational, covering the core concepts and aspects of backstage leadership work

  • Content is practical but grounded on research and case studies

  • Set against the backdrop of digitization and the challenges that organizations face


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Charles Galunic
    Pages 1-24
  3. Charles Galunic
    Pages 25-66
  4. Charles Galunic
    Pages 67-102
  5. Charles Galunic
    Pages 147-185
  6. Charles Galunic
    Pages 187-232
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 269-274

About this book


Most of us would recognize a star leader by their charisma, emotional intelligence and public communication prowess. What is truly impressive but often overlooked is the silent work of leadership that garners real results. Exercising influence in a complex and global organization – whilst also shaping and executing strategies across borders in a disruptive age – is the true mark of success as a leader. Backstage Leadership takes a comprehensive look at the background processes that leaders must master in order to shape the culture, direction and capability of a successful company. With an emphasis on strategy, the author provides an integrated toolkit for developing your knowledge and skills as a ‘backstage leader.’ You will learn how to:

  •   Mobilize people towards new strategic directions
  •   Scan your business environment for threats and disruptive forces
  •   Diagnose and help to shape the culture of your organization
  •   Develop talent and capabilities towards a specific goal.

Focusing on the key and consistent underlying processes of leadership, this book is essential reading for managers who wish to bring focus and coherence to their leadership role and integrate themselves within the engine of the organization.


Strategic management leadership Organizational culture Talent Management Digitization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

About the authors

Charles Galunic is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the Aviva Chaired Professor of Leadership and Responsibility at INSEAD. He directs one of INSEAD’s flagship Executive Education programs, The Transition to General Management Programme (TGM) and has been a pioneer of several courses including the core EMBA course on Leading People and Organisations. He also teaches in a variety of INSEAD Executive Education programmes, both in Fontainebleau and in Asia, and has been recognized often for his teaching excellence.

He has published in various academic and practitioner-oriented journals, including the Journal of Managerial and Decision EconomicsAdministrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management JournalOrganisation ScienceStrategic Management JournalHarvard Business Review, and Research in Organisational Behaviour. He has also worked with numerous companies and executives, across various industries and continents, in order to help them develop their senior leadership skills and solve pressing cultural challenges in practical ways.



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