Training news: Don’t help yourself

Over-reliance on self-help books could cause a UK leadership skills shortage.

This is according to Diane Ingham-Cook, director of training company Effective Training & Development.

“Leadership skills are more prized in other countries than in the UK and there is a huge skills gap,” she said.

“UK managers turn to self-help books because they are perceived as more convenient and more discreet, whereas business people in other countries are happier to invest more in personal and interactive advice.”

She added: “UK managers could contribute much more to their own growth and education if they avoid gimmicky self-help books and took effective leadership courses.”

Online retailer Amazon lists almost 49,000 books in its business management section.

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