The Ambiguity Advantage – What Great Leaders Are Great At

Author David Wilkinson, drawing upon his own research and including compelling international cases, reveals how to lead others through times of uncertainty so as to create opportunity, innovation, and competitive advantage. The book, The Ambiguity Advantage: What Great Leaders are Great At published by Palgrave Macmillan, shows that a key factor for great leadership is the ability to recognize, explore and profit from ambiguous situations.

Table of Contents:

  • The Nature of Ambiguity
  • Types of Ambiguity
  • Technical Leadership
  • Cooperative Leadership
  • Adaptive/Collaborative Leadership
  • Generative Leadership
  • Lessons to Learn from Great Leaders
  • Getting Creative with Ambiguity
  • Developing Ambiguity Acuity
  • Foreword

“For a leader in the old world, certainty offered an advantage. In the new world, uncertainty will give the
leader an edge. Wilkinson blurs the lines between what we know we don’t know and what we don’t know we know. A must-read for anyone who wants to take advantage of the chaos around them.” – Dr. David Lomas, Head of Innovation and Talent, Royal Mail Group

“Anyone who believes that the status quo is a credible option urgently needs to read this book” – Chief
Superintendent Philip Aspey, National Secretary Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales

Author: David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. The Oxford Review ( aims to get the very latest, just published, peer-reviewed research to you in brief, understandable, practical, and useful way to digest briefings; no jargon, no overload. And make you the most impressively up-to-date person in the room.

Dr. Wilkinson is also acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and researchers at several universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more.

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