How to Grow Leaders

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-28
  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
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How to Grow Leadersis a ground-breaking book which sets the record straight on leadership development, the nature of leadership and how it can be taught.John Adair identifies the seven key principles of leadership development, and answers vital questions on how to select, train and educate leaders at team, operational and strategic leadership levels. In doing so he discusses topics such as the manager as leader, how people become leaders, how to manage leadership training, learning to be a strategic leader and training team leaders.Effective leadership is a crucial factor in business success. How to Grow Leaderswill help you to develop these skills in others, whilst guiding you on your own personal journey towards excellence as a leader.

Author Biography

John Adair is a leading authority on leadership and leadership development.  He advises many organizations in business, government, education, health and the voluntary sector.  Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership programs he pioneered.  Adair is the author of over 50 books, including the leadership classic Not Bosses But Leaders, (Kogan Page), and he continues to write and teach throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Exploring Leadership - A Personal Odysseyp. 7
The Qualities Approachp. 9
Can leadership qualities be developed?p. 12
The Group or Functional Approachp. 17
What is the Group or Functional Approach?p. 19
Applying the Group or Functional Approach to trainingp. 23
Leaders or managers?p. 27
Discovering the generic role of leaderp. 29
Revisiting the Qualities Approachp. 31
The manager as leaderp. 34
The Situational Approachp. 35
What is the Situational Approach?p. 36
The origins of the Situational Approachp. 37
The Socratic tradition: can leadership be learnt?p. 42
Levels of leadershipp. 46
The application of the Three Circles to organizationsp. 48
The role of the strategic leaderp. 49
Is it possible to transfer as a strategic leader from one organization to another?p. 51
On practical wisdomp. 54
How to Grow Leaders - The Seven Principlesp. 57
Training for leadershipp. 59
The most common errorp. 60
The second most common errorp. 69
Training team leadersp. 73
You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorillap. 75
Do 'sheep dips' work?p. 78
How to manage leadership trainingp. 81
Keypointsp. 82
Selectionp. 84
How do people become leaders?p. 84
The principle of electionp. 90
Applying the Group or Functional Approach to first-line leadership selectionp. 92
Selection - the wider frameworkp. 96
Keypointsp. 102
Line managers as leadership mentorsp. 104
What is a mentor?p. 105
The apprenticeship methodp. 106
At least you can say 'goodbye'p. 110
Keypointsp. 113
The chance to leadp. 114
The military analogyp. 114
What can organizations do?p. 116
What constitutes a challenge?p. 116
Fortune favours the prepared mindp. 119
Keypointsp. 122
Education for leadershipp. 124
Thinking outside the boxp. 125
Schools for leadershipp. 130
Growing university leadersp. 137
New opportunities for 'education for leadership'?p. 139
Keypointsp. 144
A strategy for leadership developmentp. 146
Reviewing the strategyp. 148
Getting the structures rightp. 149
What surrounds and infuses a successful strategy is culturep. 152
Keypointsp. 155
The chief executivep. 156
Learning to be a top strategic leaderp. 157
What does a strategic leader have to do?p. 161
Make your presence felt in training for leadershipp. 164
Keypointsp. 168
Conclusionp. 170
Indexp. 175
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