The Social CEO book is published on August 22

‘The Social CEO: How Social Media Can Make You A Stronger Leader’ will be published by Bloomsbury Business on August 22.

There remains a huge gulf in understanding by many leaders of what some are calling the Social Age – huge changes going on in society, enabling anyone with a smartphone to sign up to a social network and comment on anything and everything. Despite this revolution, which has been embraced by the masses, it is the people at the top of organizations who have been slowest to understand and adapt to it.

While business leaders may feel that it’s enough to hire social media managers and amend their marketing strategies, the book shows why organizations need to do more to succeed in the Social Age – why CEOs need to ‘get social’ to survive.

The Social CEO sets out to educate and inspire senior leaders to embrace the Social Age, teaching them the hows and whys of utilising social media in order to make them stronger leaders. Social CEOs can effectively encourage engagement from their employees as well as other stakeholders and customers; they’re better able to communicate their organization’s objectives and values, gauge the climate in which they operate and improve their brand image.

Offering invaluable contributions from industry-recognised experts in social business, the book explores the many aspects of leading in the Social Age, such as storytelling, personal branding, managing risk and public relations. With chapters also written by practising ‘social CEOs’ working across a variety of sectors, from healthcare to sport, the book provides a wealth of insight into how social media can be used to gain a competitive advantage.

Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth UK, says this of the book: “As a ‘social CEO’ myself, I can’t imagine how other CEOs do the job these days if they’re not active on social media. This book provides a brilliant overview of how leaders are using this technology, not just to communicate, not just to share information or opinions, but – critically – to deliver change and improve efficiency.”

You can pre-order The Social CEO on Amazon now: