Inspirational Leader: How to Motivate, Encourage and Achieve Success

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The Inspirational Leader argues that leaders are not born but made. Taking the form of conversations between a young chief executive and the author, it explores the nature and practice of leadership. John Adair disects each aspect of leadership so that the key skills are available to adopt and to use for inspiring others.

Thought-provoking and accessible, this book will help readers develop the necessary charisma and qualities of an inspiring ...

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Overview

The Inspirational Leader argues that leaders are not born but made. Taking the form of conversations between a young chief executive and the author, it explores the nature and practice of leadership. John Adair disects each aspect of leadership so that the key skills are available to adopt and to use for inspiring others.

Thought-provoking and accessible, this book will help readers develop the necessary charisma and qualities of an inspiring leader.  The valuable advice presented in this book can help anyone realize their full potential.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749454784
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: The John Adair Leade Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 566,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (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 The Three Basic Approaches 3

Leadership Characteristics 7

On Enthusiasm 12

Keypoints: Part 1 17

Part 2 The Authority of Knowing 19

Key Leadership Functions 23

Designated Leaders 26

Sharing Decisions 29

Keypoints: Part 2 31

Part 3 Levels of Leadership 33

Practical Wisdom 36

Leaders and Managers 42

The Challenge of Change 45

People Need Leaders 48

Keypoints: Part 3 51

Part 4 Giving and Receiving 53

The Importance of Being Fair 56

The Implicit Contract 59

Triangular Relations 61

What Transforms People 66

Keypoints: Part 4 69

Part 5 Beyond the Call of Duty 71

On Human Nature 73

Spirit Within 75

The Uses of Spirit 79

Keypoints: Part 5 80

Part 6 The Common Task 81

Service to Others 84

Three Great Values 87

A Sense of Purpose 91

On Vision 93

The Need for Challenge 98

Moral Authority 100

Keypoints: Part 6 102

Part 7 Pulling the Threads Together 105

The Parable of Flight 107

Inner Greatness 110

The Effects of Trust 115

Keypoints: Part 7 118

Part 8 The Why Question 119

The Key of Morale 122

What Motivates Individuals 124

The Inspired Moment 127

Keypoints: Part 8 128

Part 9 The Test of Leadership 129

Dealers in Hope 131

A Faith for Leaders 134

Keypoints: Part 9 136

Towards Excellence 137

Notes and References 139

Index 142

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2004

    A Must Read!

    Leadership guru John Adair talked with a bright young executive about leaders and the tenets of leadership, and recorded the conversations in this unique, philosophical book. Adair addresses tough questions about leadership and drills down beyond management and deep into human nature. He doesn't bother with leadership buzzwords, but instead discusses in meaningful terms the qualities that make a leader effective. People aren't born leaders, Adair says, they are made. Although the book is a bit too philosophical at times, the conversations between the author and the young executive are thought provoking, and the quotes peppered throughout the book are memorable. If you aspire to transform your management abilities into true leadership skills, we encourage you to sit down with the professor and his young protégé and enjoy the conversation.

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