In a dynamic book sector such as "Leadership," it's easy to lose sight of the basicsthe timeless concepts that continue to underpin much of the new thinking on the behavior of leaders. One of the UK's best-known business thinkers, John Adair has distilled his experience into 20 key concepts, including:
· The art of sharing decisions;
· Warmth and humanity;
· Critical testing; and
· Practical wisdom.
For anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of the theories and issues surrounding leadership as a management function, Lessons in Leadership is a series of reflections on the fundamentals of leadership, all designed to challenge and inspire the reader.
In the midst of current global concerns about the quality of leadership, the book is both a practical handbook and also a contribution to the ongoing debate about what kind of leadership we should be encouraging in today's volatile and uncertain world.
Leadership and change go hand in handbut during times of change, the basic building blocks of leadership remain the same. Regardless of the size of the team to be ledwhether it is five or 5,000Lessons in Leadership offers guidance, inspiration, reassurance, and insight.
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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
1 First thoughts 3
2 Leading from the front 17
3 Sharing dangers and hardships 37
4 Discovering the three-circles model 51
5 The role of leader 63
6 A general framework 75
7 Enthusiasm 91
8 Integrity 97
9 Tough and demanding but fair 107
10 Warmth and humanity 117
11 Humility 123
12 The strategic leader 129
13 Practical wisdom 143
14 What the leader believes and hopes 151