Leading in a Changing World

Leading in a Changing World

Lessons for future focused leaders

updated 2019 edition

by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington

The challenge to be a ‘future-fit’ leader is as unrelenting as it is difficult. Leading in a Changing World is about the current and future challenges that leaders face. It explores the type of thinking, behaviour and habits that leaders will need in order to successfully navigate the unfolding future.

This completely updated and revised edition for the 2020s adds new insights gained from the work the authors have done with many leaders since they first published this book. It’s more practical, picks up key issues that leaders are dealing with, and even more clearly shows the path leaders need to follow to be successful in these turbulent times. Leading in a Changing World offers multiple frameworks and searching questions – the type that smart leaders ask (of themselves and others) in order to engage one’s thinking and shape one’s actions.

The authors have drawn on their extensive global experience, having worked with executive and senior leaders across multiple industries as well as with those tasked with the design and delivery of leadership programmes. Leading in a Changing World brings all this together and offers a rich tapestry of both breadth and depth as an essential resource for your own leadership journey. As a leader, or someone who aspires to lead, this book is for.

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What our readers said:


This is one of only two books you will ever need on the topic of 'Leadership and Change'

If you type ‘Change’ into the search box you’ll get over 100,000 books on the topic. Save yourself some valuable time. If change is an issue for you, as a leader or otherwise, there are just two books you need to own and embrace!
Kotter’s ‘Leading Change’ and ‘Leading in a Changing World’ by Codrington and Coats. As a former London Business School and Manchester Business School executive education specialist, I have spent literally years reading about change and leadership. Cut to the chase and pick up this book to find insights into lessons for future focused leaders.
While I have met and engaged both authors on global executive education programs they have the real-world credentials of having worked in business, with senior leadership teams, within blue-chip global organisations and are able to illustrate their perspectives in this book

– Dil Sidhu
Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer – COURSERA


Impressive and well documented. Accessible read for anyone exploring the changing world of work and how we lead and encourage that change.

– Sean Greathead


How to navigate a disrupted world – This book offers routes to make the complexities of the fast-changing disrupted world far easier to navigate. Codrington and Coats offer practical everyday behaviours and habits anyone can use. Highly recommended.

– Greg Orme


Leadership Book of the Year – Very insightful, yet inspirational as well. Full of many practical examples and illustrations. A must for all leaders and aspiring leaders.

– Tony B


Constant change is not the only thing here to stay… So is leadership. To tackle this topic is a bold endeavour. And yet this is what Coates and Codrington have done with this book rising to the challenge with aplomb. I commend this publication to you unreservedly.

– Martin Weatherston