The Book of Leadership

The Book of Leadership

by Anthony Gell


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'Full of seriously good leadership wisdom - a must read for those who aspire to greatness' Richard Koch, bestselling author of The 80/20 Principle

'One of the most stimulating books to read on leadership' Philip Kotler, Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management

'Loaded with practical, thought-provoking ideas on leadership that can profoundly affect your life' Brian Tracy, bestselling author of How the Best Leaders Lead and Eat That Frog!

Have you ever wondered what characteristics are shared by successful business leaders? Have you ever asked yourself what it is that they do differently which makes them and their organisations stand out from the crowd? And what can you learn from them to ensure your own success? If so, The Book of Leadership is for you.

Over the last six years, Anthony Gell has conducted interviews with some of the most successful CEOs, entrepreneurs and business thinkers in the world, including Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, Richard Reed, founder of innocent drinks, Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE and Daniel Goleman, author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence.

Now for the first time, he is bringing together hours of exclusive interview footage into a single resource for anybody looking to improve their leadership skills.

In The Book of Leadership he combines his own experiences as a CEO with those of the leaders he has interviewed to provide insights and advice in three core areas:

* Part 1 looks at leaders as individuals and reveals the personal habits and attributes that have laid the foundations for their success.
* Part 2 focuses on what it takes to build and motivate a world class team
* Part 3 goes beyond team leadership to identify how the habits of effective leadership are carried through on a larger scale in organisations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780349403403
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anthony Gell is the founder and CEO of LeadersIn, an online and offline community dedicated to sharing wisdom from world leaders in their field. Before launching LeadersIn in 2012, Anthony was a producer in a London based B2B publishing and conference company. During his ten years with that company, he was part of the launch team for the Asian HQ in Singapore, oversaw the turnaround of the New York office, and then became Regional CEO, launching offices in South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Dubai and Shanghai. In 2008, he launched both a consulting business, and The Business Voice (, which provides a free library of interviews under the brand 'Leaders In Business'. Anthony has written many leadership, success and business articles and is an avid public speaker. He has been asked to interview business leaders at many leading institutions including London Business School and Imperial College, London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 SELF Leadership - it all starts with you!

1 Leadership starts with a love of what you do 5

2 Exude energy - know what lights your fire 17

3 Focus on building extreme strengths, not fixing weaknesses 27

4 Be committed: don't do your best - do whatever it takes 35

5 Action is everything 43

6 Foster courage - feel the fear and do it anyway 49

7 Relationships are at the heart of great leaders 55

8 You only have to be perfect at one thing 61

9 The power of 80/20 67

10 Time mastery - get the right things done, not just more things done 73

11 Be addicted to learning, and turn your team into addicts too 83

12 Manage your emotions using Emotional Intelligence 91

13 Deal with stress well - set the example and have at least a bit of a life outside of work 97

14 Decisions - listen to others, but back your own judgement 105

15 Be confident, not arrogant 119

Part 2 TEAM Leadership-building and leading world-class teams

16 The two leadership titans: 'Vision' and 'Mission' 131

17 Charisma is attainable by all, not just a few 141

18 Authentic leadership - the power of being 110 per cent you 149

19 Use extreme optimism and realism to inspire 157

20 Lead by example - be what you wish your team to be 165

21 Build a really, really hot team 169

22 Get the best talent available to join your party 183

23 Motivating and retaining talent - love your stars (but inspire 'em all) 189

24 Leaders create more leaders 197

25 The bottom 10 per cent (or so) - letting them go 205

26 Set goals and reward results 209

27 Communicate, communicate, communicate 217

28 Win through better thinking - the foundation of strategy 227

29 Leadership styles that get results 235

Part 3 Organisational Leadership-building and leading world-class organisations

30 Customers first - love them and put them at the heart of everything 247

31 Tough calls - cutting losses, mistakes and failures swiftly 259

32 Commit to innovation excellence 267

33 Align your business with future trends 285

34 Execution - winning by outproducing your competitors 293

35 Values and culture - moving beyond hp service 299

36 Know your organisation from the drains up 307

37 Leadership in a crisis - testing leaders under pressure 313

38 Keeping a challenger mentality - avoiding complacency and staying hungry 321

Conclusion 327

Index 331

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