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FT Guide to Leadership, The

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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-383601-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-383601-1

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:

  • What good leadership looks like
  • How to build your own leadership style
  • Techniques to lead and influence others
  • How to build and execute your vision

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

Sample Content

Table of Contents

About the author

Author’s acknowledgements

Publisher’s acknowledgements



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

Building rapport

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



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