John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership


Everything You Need to Lead Your Team… in An Instant.

John Adair’s Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership is full of accessible advice and practical exercises from one of the world’s best –known and most sought-after authorities on leadership and management. Inside you will find:

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Everything You Need to Lead Your Team… in An Instant.

John Adair’s Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership is full of accessible advice and practical exercises from one of the world’s best –known and most sought-after authorities on leadership and management. Inside you will find:

  • 9 Greatest Ideas for Leadership Skills
  • 3 Greatest Ideas for Setting and Achieving You Objectives
  • 6 Greatest Ideas for Teambuilding
  • 4 Greatest Ideas for Leadership Qualities
  • 8 Greatest Ideas for Managing Your Time

…and 70 other fantastic ideas, tips, and tricks that will give you the confidence, answers, and inspiration you need to succeed. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857081346
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Adair is the business guru who invented Action Centred Leadership, now one of the best known leadership models in the world. Organizations worldwide use it to develop their leadership capability and management skills.

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Table of Contents



Five Greatest Ideas for Understanding the Functions ofLeadership.

Idea 1: Task, team, individual.

Idea 2: Leadership function—action-centred leadership.

Idea 3: Leadership characteristics—task element.

Idea 4: Leadership characteristics—team element.

Idea 5: Leadership characteristics—individual element.

Follow-up Test.


Three Greatest Ideas for Setting and Achieving YourObjectives.

Idea 6: Draw up a personal profile.

Idea 7: Set personal goals.

Idea 8: Set professional business goals.

Nine Greatest Ideas for Leadership Skills.

Idea 9: Defining the task.

Idea 10: Planning.

Idea 11: Briefing.

Idea 12:Controlling.

Idea 13:Evaluating.

Idea 14: Supporting.

Idea 15: Motivating.

Idea 16: Setting an example.

Idea 17: The Adair short course on leadership.

Four Greatest Ideas for Leadership Qualities.

Idea 18: The 25 attributes of leadership and management.

Idea 19: The seven qualities of leadership.

Idea 20: Leadership qualities test.

Idea 21: Humility in action.

Follow-up Test.


Six Greatest Ideas for Teambuilding.

Idea 22: Teambuilding—the functions of the leader.

Idea 23: Achieving the task—with a team.

Idea 24: Building the team.

Idea 25: Developing the individual.

Idea 26: The individual and teams.

Idea 27: From good to great—the hallmarks of a highperformance team.

Sixteen Greatest Ideas for Getting the Best from YourTeam.

Idea 28: 50:50 rule of motivation.

Idea 29: Eight rules for motivating people.

Idea 30: Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Idea 31: McGregor's theory X and theory Y.

Idea 32: Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory.

Idea 33: Manager's motivating checklist.

Idea 34: Ten ways to strengthen your own motivation.

Idea 35: The seven indicators of high motivation.

Idea 36: Choosing people with motivation—the Michelangelomotive.

Idea 37: The key to motivating: treat each person as anindividual.

Idea 38: Using Jacob's ladder to set realistic and challengingtargets.

Idea 39: Giving feedback to reinforce and motivate.

Idea 40: Maintaining morale to maintain motivation.

Idea 41: Creating a motivating environment.

Idea 42: Giving fair rewards to the motivated.

Idea 43: Giving recognition to the motivated.

Follow-up Test.


Twelve Greatest Ideas for Decision-Making.

Idea 44: Refining your decision-making skills.

Idea 45: The decision-maker as effective thinker.

Idea 46: The manager as decision-maker.

Idea 47: How to avoid the trap of bad compromise decisions.

Idea 48: How to use analysis in decision-making.

Idea 49: The role of synthesis—a holistic approach—indecision-making.

Idea 50: The role of imagination in decision-making.

Idea 51: The role of conceptual thinking in decision making.

Idea 52: The role of intuition in decision making.

Idea 53: The role of originality in decision making.

Idea 54: The concept of value in decision making.

Idea 55: How to weigh up the options in decision-making.

Thirteen Greatest Ideas for Creativity andInnovation.

Idea 56: Seven obstacles to creativity.

Idea 57: Ten things a creative person ought to be.

Idea 58: Seven ways to stimulate creativity.

Idea 59: The four main stages of creativity.

Idea 60: Innovation: the seven key layers.

Idea 61: How to recruit and retain creative people.

Idea 62: How to encourage creativity.

Idea 63: How communicating can reinforce innovation.

Idea 64: Overcoming obstacles to creativity and innovation.

Idea 65: Making your organization good at innovation.

Idea 66: Checklist for the innovative organization.

Idea 67: Ways to generate ideas in an organization.

Idea 68: Using brainstorming to generate ideas.

Follow-up Test.


Five Greatest Ideas for the Role of Strategic Reader.

Idea 69: Levels of leadership.

Idea 70: The art of being leader-in-chief.

Idea 71: Seven functions of strategic leadership.

Idea 72: Seven useful skills for operational leaders.

Idea 73: Practical wisdom.

Seven Greatest Ideas for Strategic Leadership Skills.

Idea 74: Giving direction.

Idea 75: Strategic thinking and planning.

Idea 76: Making it happen.

Idea 77: Relating the parts to the whole.

Idea 78: Building partnerships.

Idea 79: Releasing the corporate spirit.

Idea 80: Developing today's and tomorrow's leaders.

Follow-up Test.


Twelve Greatest Ideas for Effective Communication.

Idea 81: 15 key issues in communication.

Idea 82: Listening—a key element in communication.

Idea 83: Being a better listener—developing listeningskills.

Idea 84: Six principles of effective speaking.

Idea 85: Profile the occasion—the first element of a goodpresentation.

Idea 86: Planning and writing the presentation.

Idea 87 How best to deliver your presentation on the day.

Idea 88: One-to-one interviews.

Idea 89: Appraising performance.

Idea 90: Seven ways to receive criticism.

Idea 91: Communication and the management of meetings.

Idea 92: Communication within your organization.

Eight Greatest Ideas for Managing Your Time.

Idea 93: Ten principles of time management.

Idea 94: Delegate efficiently.

Idea 95: Make use of committed time.

Idea 96: Manage your health and avoid stress.

Idea 97: Five techniques to keep interruptions brief.

Idea 98: Six organizing ideas to improve time management.

Idea 99: Time to think.

Idea 100: How to manage meetings.

Follow-up Test.

About John Adair.


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