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C R E A T I N G

S U C C E S S

Develop Your Leadership Skills
• Know the essential qualities • Learn about the role • Master the key skills

John Adair

Develop Your Leadership Skills

C R E A T I N G

S U C C E S S

Develop Your Leadership Skills

John Adair

London and Philadelphia

Publisher’s note Every possible effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate at the time of going to press, and the publishers and author cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions, however caused. No responsibility for loss or damage occasioned to any person acting, or refraining from action, as a result of the material in this publication can be accepted by the editor, the publisher or the author. First published in Great Britain and the United States in 2007 by Kogan Page Limited Reprinted 2007 Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of research or private study, or criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, this publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers, or in the case of reprographic reproduction in accordance with the terms and licences issued by the CLA. Enquiries concerning reproduction outside these terms should be sent to the publishers at the undermentioned addresses: 120 Pentonville Road London N1 9JN United Kingdom www.kogan-page.co.uk © John Adair, 2007 The right of John Adair to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. ISBN-10 0 7494 4919 5 ISBN-13 978 0 7494 4919 3 The views expressed in this book are those of the author, and are not necessarily the same as those of Times Newspapers Ltd. British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Adair, John Eric, 1934Develop your leadership skills / John Adair. -- 2nd ed. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-0-7494-4919-3 ISBN-10: 0-7494-4919-5 1. Leadership. I. Title. HD57.7.A2746 2007 658.4'092--dc22 2006034792 Typeset by Jean CussonsTypesetting, Diss, Norfolk Printed and bound in Great Britain by MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin, Cornwall 525 South 4th Street, #241 Philadelphia PA 19147 USA

Contents

About the author Introduction 1. What you have to be Some essential qualities 5; Generic leadership traits 6 2. What you have to know 3. What you need to do Task need 19; Team maintenance need 19; Individual needs 20; The three circles interact 20; Towards the functional approach to leadership 21; Your role as leader 22; Leadership: personal reminder 24

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4. How to turn the core leadership functions into skills Defining the task 26; Planning 30; Briefing 33; Controlling 36; Evaluating 39; Motivating 41; Organising 46; Providing an example 52 5. How to develop yourself as a leader Be prepared 58; Be proactive 59; Be reflective 59 6. How to lead at the strategic level The functions of a strategic leader 64; The importance of practical wisdom 65; Leadership for desirable change 67 7. How to grow leaders in your organisation Principle one: develop a strategy for leadership development 70; Principle two: selection 71; Principle three: training for leadership 72; Principle four: career development 73; Principle five: line managers as leadership developers 74; Principle six: culture 75; Principle seven: the chief executive 76; Finding greatness in people 76 Appendix: A leadership checklist Further reading Index

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About the author

John Adair is the world’s leading authority on leadership and leadership development. Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the action-centred leadership programmes he pioneered. John had a colourful early career. He served as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards in...
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