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Inspiring Leadership: Learning from Great Leaders

John Adair

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Format: Paperback, 366pp.
ISBN: 9781854182074
Publisher: Thorogood
Pub. Date: September 28, 2003

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Who are the great leaders in history and what have they got to teach us today about the nature and practice of leadership? A wide range of inspiring leaders, from Lao Tzu and Machiavelli, to Thatcher and Mandela.

This book is a unique approach to leadership by a writer internationally acknowledged as a major influence on leadership studies. There are Points to Ponder throughout the book, helping to draw out the lessons and concepts for the reader. It features among others: Alexander the Great, Amundsen, Attila, Attlee, Bevan, Boudicca, Mike Brearley, Caesar, Churchill, de Gaulle, Einstein, Eisenhower, Elizabeth I, Gandhi, Sir Edmund Hillary, Ho Chih Min, Hsun-Tzu, Jefferson, Jesus, Jinnah, Kennedy, Lao Tzu, Lincoln, Machiavelli, Mandela, Montgomery, Mosley, Napoleon, Nehru, Nixon, Pericles, Plato, Reagan, F D Roosevelt, St Paul, Scott, Shackleton, Socrates, Washington, Wellington and Xenophon.


"How rare is it to come upon a book about leaders with depth, conceptual bite and historical context"
—Warren Bennis

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John Adair is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant influences on management and leadership development in the world. He studied history at Cambridge University and holds higher degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. He became the world's first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey and is internationally known as a consultant. He is the author of many respected books on management and leadership.

Table of Contents

ONE Leadership Through Knowledge4
Socrates – A Leader of Ideas6
The Case of the Aspiring General7
The Case of the Young Cavalry Commander8
Knowledge – The Key to Leadership11
Are Knowledge and Experience Enough?13
A Leader in Action17
Chapter Review20
TWO Leadership Skills24
The Case of Nicomachides25
Human Needs and Leadership Functions28
A Leader in Estate Management30
Are Leaders Born or Made?33
Chapter Review34
THREE The Servant-Leader37
The Teaching of Lao Tzu39
The Tao of Leadership40
Jesus and His Disciples44
Servant Leadership in Perspective47
The Japanese Contribution53
Chapter Review55
FOUR The Ability to Give Direction58
What’s in a Word?59
The Shepherd and His Flock61
Interlude: The Three Circles66
Alexander the Great67
Creating Unity and Teamwork69
Caring for Individuals71
Chapter Review74
FIVE Making the Right Decisions77
Thinking to Some Purpose78
From Ideas to Responsible and Decisive Action84
Case-study: Chairing the Cabinet90
Intuition and Imagination94
Calmness Under Pressure99
The Value of Humour103
Chapter Review105
SIX The Art of Inspiring While Informing108
The Effective Communicator109
The Art of Inspiring Others110
The Relevance of the Second World War114
Case-Study: The Forgotten Army115
Case-study: Montgomery124
The Effects of Telecommunications129
Chapter Review133
SEVEN The Roots of British Tradition138
Eagles of Rome138
The Tribal Legacy145
Alfred the Great148
Chapter Review154
EIGHT The Gentleman Leader156
The Impact of Education158
Leadership Qualities162
Machiavelli and Leadership169
The Great Rebellion172
The American Experience176
George Washington182
Chapter Review185
NINE Nelson187
Early Life188
The Man and the Legend189
Achieving the Task194
Bringer of Harmony197
Meeting Individual Needs198
Nelson’s Legacy204
Chapter Review205
TEN Polar Explorers207
Captain Robert Falcon Scott208
Sir Ernest Shackleton211
Gino Watkins213
Chapter Review218
ELEVEN Leadership in a Changing World220
The New Climate of Change in the Nineteenth Century221
How Progress Happens225
Captains of Industry227
Management Through Leadership232
A Factory of Democratic Leaders234
Slim on Leadership243
Managers or Leaders?246
Chapter Review249
TWELVE Charisma254
The Rediscovery of Charisma255
Leadership: A Gift from Above?256
Case-study: Alexander the Great261
Case-study: Lawrence of Arabia268
Chapter Review273
THIRTEEN Women as Leaders276
The Western Tradition277
Leadership in Marriage282
Great Social Reformers287
Women as Manager-Leaders291
Case-study: Margaret Thatcher293
Chapter Review301
FOURTEEN Styles of Leadership303
Abraham Lincoln306
Charles de Gaulle309
Adolf Hitler315
Mahatma Gandhi 322
Nelson Mandela328
Chapter Review333
FIFTEEN Leaders for Tomorrow335
Not Followers But Companions338
An Invitation to Greatness338
Chapter Review344
Picture Acknowledgements346
Select Bibliography347

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