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The Leadership Skills Handbook: 50 Essential Skills You Need to be a Leader

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While most leadership books try to answer the question "what is good leadership?" this book asks "how can people learn to lead?"

The Leadership Skills Handbook reflects the collective knowledge, wisdom and experience of thousands of leaders who have contributed through surveys and interviews. It is based on research that identifies the five different groups of skills that leaders must have -- career skills, people skills, moment of truth ...

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Overview

While most leadership books try to answer the question "what is good leadership?" this book asks "how can people learn to lead?"

The Leadership Skills Handbook reflects the collective knowledge, wisdom and experience of thousands of leaders who have contributed through surveys and interviews. It is based on research that identifies the five different groups of skills that leaders must have -- career skills, people skills, moment of truth skills, technical skills and values and behaviors. 

It covers some of the common challenges emerging leaders have expressed, such as: how to really take control; how to deal with politics of the organization; how to manage budgets when times are tough; how to achieve what's necessary with limited time and money and how to deal with stress. 

This new edition is updated with a new section on the mindset of success, as well as the latest thinking on resilience, collaboration and enterprising.  Full of tips, exercises and advice, The Leadership Skills Handbook explains how to become a leader that people want to follow.

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Editorial Reviews

author of How to Grow Leaders - John Adair

Praise for the previous edition:

"A practical book which I strongly recommend to anyone who aspires to become a more effective leader."

Leading Business Books - John Gibbs

"If you're looking for a list [of] skills that are important for leaders to possess, this book might be quite useful to you."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749471569
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
  • Publication date: 6/28/2014
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 743,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Owen has worked for some of the best companies in the world, including Accenture, Apple, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and Procter & Gamble. He is the bestselling business author of books such as How to Sell, How to Lead and How to Manage.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART ONE Mindset skills
01 Positive leadership
02 Responsibility
03 High aspirations
04 Have courage
05 Be adaptable
06 Learn to be lucky
07 Managing stress
08 Honesty
09 Self-awareness
10 Working to win

PART TWO Career skills
01 Understand yourself
02 Understand others
03 Understand how you aff ect others
04 Discover your rules of success
05 The leadership journey: key principles
06 Managing your leadership journey: the map
07 Build your career
08 Careers versus careering: avoiding the death stars
09 How not to get promoted
10 Running the leadership marathon

PART THREE People skills
01 Delegating
02 Motivating
03 Selling
04 Coaching
05 Managing expectations
06 Managing upwards
07 Flattery
08 Managing professionals

PART FOUR Moment of truth skills
01 Learning to say no
02 Conflict management
03 Crisis management
04 Dealing with bullies
05 Negative feedback
06 Hearing feedback
07 Fighting battles
08 Power
09 Managing adversity

PART FIVE Daily skills
01 Reading
02 Writing
03 Presenting
04 Storytelling
05 Listening
06 Doing numbers
07 Problem solving
08 Time management

PART SIX Organization skills
01 Decision making in uncertainty
02 Influencing decisions
03 Negotiations
04 Networking
05 Effective meetings
06 Projects
07 Managing budgets
08 Dealing with advertising
09 Managing change
10 Reorganizing
11 Creating a vision

PART SEVEN Values and behaviours
01 Becoming a leader people want to follow
02 How not to be a good boss
03 Taking control
04 Professional leadership
05 Etiquette
06 Living the values
07 Ambition
08 Hard work
09 Learning to lead

Further reading
Index

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