How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Development

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How to Grow Leaders is an authoritative account of leadership development, the nature of leadership and how it can be taught.

John Adair identifies the seven key principles of leadership development and answers vital questions on how to select, train and educate leaders.  In doing so he discusses topics such as the manager as leader, how people become leaders, how to manage leadership training, learning to be a strategic leader and training team leaders.

Effective leadership is a crucial factor in business success.  How to Grow Leaders will help managers and trainers develop these skills in others while helping them pursue leadership excellence themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749454807
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: The John Adair Leade Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Adair is a leading authority on leadership and leadership development.  He advises many organizations in business, government, education, health and the voluntary sector.  Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership programs he pioneered.  Adair is the author of over 50 books, including the leadership classic Not Bosses But Leaders, (Kogan Page), and he continues to write and teach throughout the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Exploring Leadership - A Personal Odyssey 7

1 The Qualities Approach 9

Can leadership qualities be developed? 12

2 The Group or Functional Approach 17

What is the Group or Functional Approach? 19

Applying the Group or Functional Approach to training 23

3 Leaders or managers? 27

Discovering the generic role of leader 29

Revisiting the Qualities Approach 31

The manager as leader 34

4 The Situational Approach 35

What is the Situational Approach? 36

The origins of the Situational Approach 37

The Socratic tradition: can leadership be learnt? 42

5 Levels of leadership 46

The application of the Three Circles to organizations 48

The role of the strategic leader 49

Is it possible to transfer as a strategic leader from one organization to another? 51

On practical wisdom 54

Part 2 How to Grow Leaders - The Seven Principles 57

Principle 1 Training for leadership 59

The most common error 60

The second most common error 69

Training team leaders 73

You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla 75

Do 'sheep dips' work? 78

How to manage leadership training 81

Keypoints 82

Principle 2 Selection 84

How do people become leaders? 84

The principle of election 90

Applying the Group or Functional Approach to first-line leadership selection 92

Selection - the wider framework 96

Keypoints 102

Principle 3 Line managers as leadership mentors 104

What is a mentor? 105

The apprenticeship method 106

At least you can say 'goodbye' 110

Keypoints 113

Principle 4 The chance to lead 114

The military analogy 114

What can organizations do? 116

What constitutes a challenge? 116

Fortune favours theprepared mind 119

Keypoints 122

Principle 5 Education for leadership 124

Thinking outside the box 125

Schools for leadership 130

Growing university leaders 137

New opportunities for 'education for leadership'? 139

Keypoints 144

Principle 6 A strategy for leadership development 146

Reviewing the strategy 148

Getting the structures right 149

What surrounds and infuses a successful strategy is culture 152

Keypoints 155

Principle 7 The chief executive 156

Learning to be a top strategic leader 157

What does a strategic leader have to do? 161

Make your presence felt in training for leadership 164

Keypoints 168

Conclusion 170

Index 175

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