Develop Your Leadership Skills

Develop Your Leadership Skills

by John Adair

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749475635
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Series: Creating Success Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About 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, The John Adair Lexicon of Leadership, and The Inspirational Leader (Kogan Page), and he continues to write and teach throughout the world.

Table of Contents

About the author vii

Introduction 1

1 What you have to be 3

Some essential qualities 4

Generic leadership traits 5

2 What you have to know 9

3 What you need to do 15

Task need 16

Team maintenance need 16

Individual needs 17

The three circles interact 18

Towards the functional approach to leadership 18

Your role as leader 19

Leadership: personal reminder 21

4 How to turn the core leadership functions into skills 23

Defining the task 24

Planning 27

Briefing 30

Controlling 32

Evaluating 35

Motivating 37

Organising 40

Providing an example 45

5 How to develop yourself as a leader 51

Be prepared 52

Be proactive 52

Be reflective 53

6 How to lead at the strategic level 55

The functions of a strategic leader 55

The importance of practical wisdom 57

Leadership for desirable change 58

7 How to grow leaders in your organisation 61

Principal one: develop a strategy for leadership development 62

Principle two: selection 62

Principle three: training for leadership 63

Principle four: career development 64

Principle five: line manager as leadership developers 65

Principle six: culture 66

Principle seven: the chief executive 66

Finding greatness in people 67

Appendix: A leadership checklist 69

Further reading 73

Index 75

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