The Art of Captaincy: The Principles of Leadership in Sport and Business

The Art of Captaincy: The Principles of Leadership in Sport and Business

by Mike Brearley

Paperback(30th ed.)

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Mike Brearley is one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, and, in 1981, he captained the England team to the momentous Ashes series victory against Australia. In The Art of Captaincy, his treatise on leadership and motivation, he draws directly on his experience of man-managing a team, which included a pugnacious Ian Botham and Geoffrey Boycott, to explain what it takes to be a leader on and off the field. Giving an insight into both his tactical understanding of the game, as well as how to get a group of individuals playing as a team in order to get the best out of them, The Art of Captaincy is a classic handbook on how to generate, nurture, and inspire success. With a new introduction by former England player and BBC commentator Ed Smith, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first publication, The Art of Captaincy remains urgently relevant for cricket fans and business leaders alike. Covering the ability to use intuition, resourcefulness, clear-headedness, and the importance of empathy as a means of achieving shared goals, Brearley's seminal account of captaincy is the ultimate blueprint for creating a winning mindset, but also shows how the lessons in the sporting arena can be applied to any walk of personal and professional life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447294351
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 09/30/2015
Edition description: 30th ed.
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 950,618
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mike Brearley played for Middlesex County Cricket Club from 1961-1983. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977-1980, winning 17 Test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes Home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982 he now works as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. Ed Smith is a former captain of Middlesex Cricket Club, and England batsman. He now works as a commentator for the BBC on Test Match Special.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Foreword (Ed Smith, January 2015) xi

Introduction to the thirtieth anniversary edition xix

Introduction 1

1 Captaincy in action 11

2 On class and charisma: choosing a captain 29

3 Taking stock: the nursery end 52

4 'My God, look what they've sent me': the captain and selection 91

5 The morning of the match: reading the entrails 126

6 Batting orders 147

7 Taking the field 185

8 Placing the field 215

9 Strategy, tactics and unusual ploys 245

10 Kicking over the traces: the place of aggression in cricket 265

11 Many hands make light work - sometimes 309

Afterword (Sam Mendes, 2001) 341

In retrospect, 2001 345

Bibliography 356

Index 357

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