The Reflective Leader

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The popular caricature of a great leader today is an activist who leads from the front, often through sheer force of personality - the kind of leader who will act as a saviour to a company or organisation. But most leaders are ordinary people who learn wisdom. One key to successful leadership is the ability to reflect - on one's own strengths and weaknesses, and on human nature and behaviour in order to bring out the best in others and build team spirit and morale.
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Overview

The popular caricature of a great leader today is an activist who leads from the front, often through sheer force of personality - the kind of leader who will act as a saviour to a company or organisation. But most leaders are ordinary people who learn wisdom. One key to successful leadership is the ability to reflect - on one's own strengths and weaknesses, and on human nature and behaviour in order to bring out the best in others and build team spirit and morale.
This practical and inspiring book sets out an approach to leadership that is more effective in the longer term and explores: the art of reflection, the ability to identify key facts, how to weigh up risks, how to nurture self-knowledge and understanding of others, how to differentiate between knowledge and wisdom, the art of listening, building a common vision and more. From their extensive experience training leaders in business, ministry and public service, the authors offer a wise and reliable guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848250833
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


ALAN SMITH is the Bishop of St Albans in the Church of England.

Peter Shaw is a Partner with Praesta, an international executive coaching organisation.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword by the Archbishop of York xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Know yourself 1

1 Know what you are trying to do 3

2 Know your values 7

3 Know what motivates you 11

4 Know your strengths 15

5 Know your weaknesses 19

6 Know your default behaviours 23

7 Know how to reflect 27

Part 2 Understand others 31

8 The importance of understanding others 33

9 The importance of nurturing the best in others 37

10 The importance of building common purpose 41

11 The importance of listening 44

12 The importance of feedback 48

13 The importance of keeping an open mind 51

14 The importance of a good crisis 55

Part 3 Create a flourishing team 59

15 Create a positive team 61

16 Create space for reflection 65

17 Create a coaching culture 69

18 Create a culture where dissenting voices can be heard 73

19 Create a positive culture 77

20 Create the capacity to make decisions 81

21 Create a culture of celebration 85

Part 4 Read the context 89

22 Maintain the balance between knowledge and wisdom 91

23 Maintain the balance between the urgent and the important 94

24 Maintain the balance between understanding threats and taking risks 98

25 Maintain the balance between the ideal and the pragmatic 102

26 Maintain the balance between uncertainty and clarity 106

27 Maintain the balance between giving clear direction and willingness to change 110

28 Maintain the balance between giving a lead and enabling others to take the lead 114

Part 5 Next steps 119

29 What happens when you stand and stare? 121

30 What lights your fire? 125

31 Who are your companions on the way? 128

Postscript 131

Other Books written by Alan Smith and Peter Shaw 132

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