How to Lead Others: Eight Lessons for Beginners

How to Lead Others: Eight Lessons for Beginners

by John Adair


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In any job, there will come a time when you are asked to lead other people. But while people are often well-trained in the skill set of their particular profession, few people are ever taught how to lead. As such, those first steps into leadership can seem daunting—what do you actually do? What do you need to know? How do you actually lead?

Broken down into eight simple lessons, this book aims to convey the basics in a way that is clear, concise, relevant and practical. To enhance the practical nature of the text, each of the seven chapters is followed by a series of key points—designed to act as summaries as well as incitements to positive action.

· The First Lesson: Defining the task

· The Second Lesson: Effective planning

· The Third Lesson: Briefing

· The Fourth Lesson: Controlling

· The Fifth Lesson: Motivating

· The Sixth Lesson: Organizing

· The Seventh Lesson: Evaluating

· The Eighth Lesson: Leading by example

Aimed at those who, regardless of industry or business sector, are about take their first steps on the leadership path, or who are at an early stage in their career and realize that leadership responsibilities lie ahead of them, How to Lead Others is the essential handbook to one of the most important and challenging aspects of professional life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472956972
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Professor John Adair is a British academic, who is a leadership theorist and author of more than 40 books (translated into 18 languages). Since 2006, he has been Honorary Professor of Leadership at the China Executive Leadership Academy in Shanghai. In 2009, he was appointed Chair of Leadership Studies at the United Nations Staff College in Turin.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Understanding leadership 7

1 What you have to be 9

2 What you have to know 29

3 What you have to do 43

4 Pulling the threads together 69

Part 2 Developing your leadership skills 83

5 Defening the task 85

6 Planning 95

7 Briefing 111

8 Controlling 121

9 Motivating 135

10 Organizing 151

11 Evaluating 163

12 Leading by example 183

Appendix: Answers to exercises 195

Index 197

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