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Bridging the Scientist-Practitioner Gap

by Patrick Vermeren

Increase your leadership influence and update your leadership practices with this comprehensive and accessible leadership handbook based on the very latest evidence-based research.



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What you will learn from this Book

Transformational leader

How to become a transformational leader by understanding and adopting the Inspirational, Coaching and Participative leadership styles.

Surveys & feedback

Provide better feedback via accurate surveys and feedback techniques.


Motivating others

Learn how to apply the latest motivation theory – Self-Determination Theory (SDT) – based on the need for: belongingness, competence and autonomy.

Evidence-based leadership

Adopt modern management practices and replace popular but non-evidence-based organisational practices that have proved to be ineffective and even reduce organisational performance.

Practical tips

Extensive practical techniques and tips are presented for changing ineffective leadership styles.

Who should read this Book?

New leaders

looking for a ‘how to’ manual on leadership basics.

Experienced leaders

wanting to update their approach to leading others by referencing the latest leadership research.

Coaches & consultants

wanting to keep up to date with an accessible and single, current reference about leadership.

HR & OD professionals

who have a strong interest in leadership and an impact on leadership policy and alignment of the supporting systems.


  • After years of intensive literature review, Patrick Vermeren has astonishingly managed to bring a very ambitious project to a successful conclusion. Few academics can resist the pressure to publish and therefore rarely succeed outside their ivory towers. Conversely,
    few consultants take the time to delve into the scientific literature for new developments. Consequently, when they emerge from their training, academics and consultants are each in their own way “unworldly.”
    With this book, consultant Patrick Vermeren builds the much-needed bridge between these two worlds and dares to question both himself and the scientific literature while warning against confirmation bias. In a smooth, highly entertaining, and scientifically sound manner, Patrick Vermeren communicates knowledge through this book that will excite both consultants and academics. What is a good leadership style? How do executives key in on employee motivation?
    These are the central questions in the book that will no doubt be a source of inspiration for managers who want to optimise their leadership style.

    - Maarten Vansteenkiste
                                   Motivation Psychology Professor, Ghent University
                                                          Department of Development, personality and social psychology  

Take a sneak peek inside

Each chapter contains:

 overview of key theories

 referencing of key research based on these theories

 practical “how to’s” in applying the theory

A word from the Author

Patrick Vermeren is an HR professional who is fully committed to evidence-based HR. He specializes in leadership development, individual coaching and group facilitation. Patrick Vermeren started his career as an executive in the banking and automotive industries. He developed a passion for learning and science, with particular interest in psychology, behavioural biology and neurobiology. He is very committed to the balance between the interests of business and the well-being of employees. In addition to reviewing various theories of leadership and integrating them in the Leadership Circumplex, this book provides practical advice. Based on the clear vision that reliable knowledge should be shared as much as possible, he published (in Dutch) De HR-Ballon: 10 Populaire Praktijken Doorprikt (The HR Balloon: 10 Popular Practices  Punctured; third revised edition 2009) Anders Leiden (Leading Differently; 2009) and Rond Communicatie: De mens als social dier (Around Communication: man as a social animal, 2013).



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