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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons for Leaders

Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons for Leaders

Jo Owen

ISBN: 978-0-857-08245-9

Nov 2011, Capstone

224 pages

$16.99

Description

From the man behind the bestselling How to series comes more essential business wisdom…and this time, it's nicely broken up into 50 digestible nuggets. This is dip-in, dip-out content – easily read, understood and implemented and complete with engaging illustrations.

There are a handful of truly inspired and inspirational leaders in the world – you know who they are… and probably wish you were one of them. But leadership isn't easy – some say it's an innate quality, a natural skill that only a select few demonstrate – but this thinking is nonsense, according Jo Owen. We can all become respected and effective leaders if we just follow some fundamental rules.

Jo has studied what makes leaders effective everywhere – from the world's leading banks and management consultancies, to the world's oldest tribes in Africa. And he has distilled his observations into 50 practical rules that we can all follow and use to become the leaders we aspire to be.

INTRODUCTION ix

THE QUALITIES OF A LEADER 1

1 THE LEADERSHIP RIDDLE 7

2 ARE YOU LEADING? 13

3 ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO LEAD? 19

4 THE PERFECT LEADER 25

5 THE LEADER AS A ROLE MODEL 31

6 THE LEADER’S VALUES 35

7 COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP 39

8 LEARNING COURAGE 43

9 RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP 47

10 WEAR THE MASK 51

11 POPULARITY VERSUS RESPECT 55

12 BE POSITIVE 59

13 INSPIRATION AND CHARISMA 65

14 BE AMBITIOUS AND UNREASONABLE 69

15 EARNING RESPECT 73

16 WORK–LIFE BALANCE 77

17 LUCKY LEADERS 83

THE SKILLS OF THE LEADER 87

18 TECHNICAL SKILLS VERSUS PEOPLE SKILLS 93

19 ABILITY TO MOTIVATE OTHERS 99

20 CREATING A VISION 105

21 DECISION MAKING 109

22 BEYOND HONESTY AND INTEGRITY 113

23 DEALING WITH CRISES 119

24 DEALING WITH CONFLICT 125

25 FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS 129

26 ALIGN YOUR TRIBE 135

27 HOW TO GET UP IN THE MORNING 139

28 KEEPING CONTROL 143

29 HOW TO LEARN TO LEAD 147

LEADING THE ORGANISATION 151

30 THE ART OF UNFAIR COMPETITION 157

31 COMPETITIVE STRATEGY: ASYMMETRIC WARFARE 161

32 WHEN TO FIGHT 165

33 CHANGE OR DIE 171

34 CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY, OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL 175

35 LEADING CHANGE 179

36 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: GOSSIP VERSUS COMPUTERS 185

37 RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 189

38 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TRUST 195

39 TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTIVITY 199

40 BEYOND RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL 203

WHAT'S NEW ABOUT LEADERSHIP 207

41 LEADERSHIP IS EARNED, NOT GIVEN 211

42 LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT PERFORMANCE, NOT POSITION 215

43 LEADERSHIP IS A PROFESSION, NOT A CALLING 219

44 GLOBALISATION 223

45 THE CHALLENGE OF CONTROL 229

46 LEAD BY CONSENT 233

47 CHOOSE YOUR TEAM 237

48 FIND YOUR CONTEXT 241

49 LEADERSHIP: NO MORE HEROES 245

50 THE LEADERSHIP JOURNEY 249