How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2005 - Business & Economics - 184 pages

John Adair has transformed the understanding of how leadership works with his pioneering book Not Bosses But Leaders. Now he returns with a new title that explores in an authoritative way exactly what we know about leadership and leadership development.

There is a revolution underway. We are moving - rapidly in some areas, slower in others - from management to business leadership. As the market for good leaders who can achieve results increases so-called leadership development programmes have proliferated. Many of these are old management development programmes renamed, and others are full of confusing theories and unproductive approaches. This ground-breaking new book aims to set the record straight. It looks at the body of knowledge on leadership, identifies the seven key principles of leadership development, and answers key questions on how to select, train and educate leaders at the level of team, operational and strategic leadership.

A vital addition to the debate on leadership from a true expert, this book also considers the global challenge and long term issues involved.

 

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Contents

Exploring Leadership A Personal Odyssey
5
The Qualities Approach
7
CAN LEADERSHIP QUALITIES BE DEVELOPED?
9
The Group or Functional Approach
15
WHAT IS THE GROUP OR FUNCTIONAL APPROACH?
17
APPLYING THE GROUP OR FUNCTIONAL APPROACH TO TRAINING
20
Leaders or Managers?
25
DISCOVERING THE GENERIC ROLE OF LEADER
26
THE PRINCIPLE OF ELECTION
84
APPLYING THE GROUP OR FUNCTIONAL APPROACH TO FIRSTLINE LEADERSHIP SELECTION
86
SELECTION THE WIDER FRAMEWORK
90
Line Managers as Leadership Mentors
97
WHAT IS A MENTOR?
98
THE APPRENTICESHIP METHOD
99
AT LEAST YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE
102
The Chance to Lead
107

REVISITING THE QUALITIES APPROACH
28
THE MANAGER AS LEADER
31
The Situational Approach
33
THE ORIGINS OF THE SITUATIONAL APPROACH
35
CAN LEADERSHIP BE LEARNT?
39
Levels of Leadership
43
THE APPLICATION OF THE THREE CIRCLES TO ORGANIZATIONS
45
THE ROLE OF THE STRATEGIC LEADER
46
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRANSFER AS A STRATEGIC LEADER FROM ONE ORGANIZATION TO ANOTHER?
47
ON PRACTICAL WISDOM
50
How to Grow Leaders The Seven Principles
53
Training for Leadership
55
THE SECOND MOST COMMON ERROR
64
TRAINING TEAM LEADERS
68
YOU DO NOT TEACH THE PATHS OF THE FOREST TO AN OLD GORILLA
70
DO SHEEP DIPS WORK?
73
HOW TO MANAGE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
75
Selection
79
WHAT CAN ORGANIZATIONS DO?
109
FORTUNE FAVOURS THE PREPARED MIND
111
Education for Leadership
117
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
118
SCHOOLS FOR LEADERSHIP
122
GROWING UNIVERSITY LEADERS
129
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION FOR LEADERSHIP?
131
A Strategy for Leadership Development
139
REVIEWING THE STRATEGY
141
GETTING THE STRUCTURES RIGHT
142
WHAT SURROUNDS AND INFUSES A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY IS CULTURE
145
LEARNING TO BE A TOP STRATEGIC LEADER
150
WHAT DOES A STRATEGIC LEADER HAVE TO DO?
154
MAKE YOUR PRESENCE FELT IN TRAINING FOR LEADERSHIP
156
Conclusion
163
Index
167
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John Adair, the world's first Professor of Leadership Studies (at the University of Exeter), is an acknowledged authority on leadership development. The author of many books and articles on leadership, he is one of the very few figures in recent years to have significantly evolved the debate as to what effective leadership is all about. He writes, teaches and consults throughout the world, inspiring new audiences with his timeless vision of leadership. He is the author of the best-selling leadership classic, Not Bosses But Leaders, and Inspirational Leadership both published by Kogan Page.

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