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Effective Strategic Leadership (NEW REVISED EDITION): An essential path to success guided: An Essential Path to Success Guided by the World's Great Leaders [Paperback]

John Adair
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24 May 2002 Effective

With the rapid trend away from management to business leadership, there is a need for a new, broader understanding of leadership.

This clear and authoritative guide answers the questions, 'what is strategic leadership?', 'what makes a person effective as a strategic leader?' and 'how can I develop my abilities as a leader?' The concept of leadership is relevant not only to organisational life but to all of us: everyone has to 'lead' their own life. To be a strategic life-leader means developing a vision and direction for one's life, identifying personal core values and fostering an informal team among colleagues and associates.

'Effective Strategic Leadership' is as important for unstructured careers as it is in large companies or organisations.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (24 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333906446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333906446
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Adair is an international leadership consultant to a wide variety of organizations in business, government, the voluntary sector, education and health, and has been named as one of the forty people worldwide who have contributed most to the development of management thought and practice. Educated at St Paul’s School, John Adair has enjoyed a varied and colourful career. He served in the Arab Legion, worked as a deckhand on an Artic trawler and had a spell as an orderly in a hospital operating theatre. After Cambridge he became Senior Lecturer in Military History and Leadership Training Adviser at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before becoming Director of Studies at St George’s House in Windsor Castle and then Assistant Director of the Industrial Society. Later he became the world’s first professor in Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey. He has written over forty books on leadership, management and history, which have been translated into many languages. John Adair is married with three children. He lives near Guildford in Surrey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 13 Nov 2006
"Oh no - not another book on strategy, why on earth did I buy this?" I asked myself when I found my copy a year ago. It had lain unread for a couple of years and I had forgotten about it. However, John Adair is right up there with Peter Drucker as being worth reading if you are a practicing manager. His ideas are insighftul and often implementable, immediately. He makes complicated ideas simple. I read a page of this book most days, and it is nearly always helpful. As well as things to do, Adair reassures the reader on how to think and deal with uncertainty, by giving momorable examples.
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Still working my way through this book. I may not be doing it justice as i do i do skip backwards and forwards, picking out the relevent parts. I have found it a little too wordy on the 'examples' front but it does make a change from pure diagram/ theory texts i've plowed through in the past. On the whole a good book to have sat on your desk when in need of inspiration, advice, or just some confirmation your on the right track!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a man who knwos what he is talking about 28 Jan 2009
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John Adair taught military history and also served in the Arab Legion which is an elite unit of the arab armies. Knowing the theory and pratice of warfare puts John in a good position to give advice to modern organisations on just what strategy is and how its successful implementation will aid success in a competitive environment. Written in a very readable and engaging style, the book is not just for businesses but also a good read for personal development with discussions on trust, respect and ethical and moral dilemmas
1. Understanding strategic leadership looks at the roots, developement and role of the strategic leader
2. Leading the Way lists the Critical Successful Factors for implementation
3. I am myself my own commander is the final section looks inward at yourself.
An excellent book for any business analyst or high level policy maker
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