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The Financial Times Guide to Leadership is a one-stop shop for professionals at every stage of their leadership journey. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to upgrade your current skills, this practical guide takes you through the core building tools of self-awareness, influence and execution.
With thought-provoking exercises and action points throughout, plus handy chapter summaries for when you need to access information, this book is your roadmap to becoming a better leader. This definitive guide to leadership includes:
Everything you need to know to become an authentic and dynamic leader.
"My shelves groan under stacks of leadership books. But just a very few stand out as solid gold. The Financial Times Guide to Leadership merits inclusion in that select company. There is simply no excuse for not applying its very practical steps. I'd urge you to start or continue your journey here!"
Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
"Finally, a first-class leadership book that focuses on the 'how' and 'what' as well as the 'why' and 'when'. Full of practical steps to take you to the next level."
Doug Richard, entrepreneur and founder of School for Startups
"Leadership is at the intersection of competence, charisma and the ability to think big for yourself and for others. The Financial Times Guide to Leadership gives you the tools you need to navigate this junction with success."
Mercedes Erra, Executive President of Havas Worldwide
About the author
How to use this book
Part 1 What is leadership?
1 A definition of leadership
Leadership in history
The pathways to leadership
The five key things leaders do
2 Leadership today
A fast-changing world
New conundrums … new leaders
Part 2: Finding the leader inside you
3 Building your self-awareness
Finding the keys to your self
Defining your personal leadership style
Creating your own performance card
4 Gaining self-confidence
The three cornerstones of self-esteem
Letting go of your fears
5 Developing your leadership brand
Building a powerful leadership brand
Brand accelerators: charisma and gravitas
Part 3: Leading and influencing – bringing others on the journey
6 Building your credibility as a leader
Mastering career management
Living by your values
Authenticity and remaining true to yourself
7 Leading teams
Motivation and setting objectives – getting the best out of your team
Reward and recognition
8 The art of influence
Stakeholders, group dynamics and you
Building networks and alliances
Part 4: Building and executing your vision – from ideas to results
9 Building your vision
Mission, vision, ideas and strategy: making sense of the melting pot
How to create your vision
Saying what you’ve got to say
10 Cultivating your strategic thinking
From vision to strategy – the translation exercise
The pathway to superior strategic thinking
11 Boosting your execution capabilities
Better personal decision making
Empowerment, accountability and change: the key concepts for delivering through others
The leadership reading list
Appendix 1: Examples of an individual development plan and goals and objectives
Appendix 2: The basics of body language