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21 April 2011 Financial Times Series

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader.  Drawn from the collective wisdom of 20 world-class leaders, Inside the Leader's Mind shows you how to think your way to the very top.     

Practical and straightforward, Inside the Leader's Mind will show you how to think differently so you can become a world-class leader.


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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273744186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273744184
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Liz Mellon has taught and worked with leaders from companies and public service for 25 years. In many ways, 'Inside the leader's mind' is a distillation of a lifetime of experiences. Some notable clients include The New York Times, HSBC, Shell, UK Foreign Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers, BP, Novartis, Rio Tinto, BNP Paribas, United Business Media, Rolls Royce, Atlas Copco and the Standard Bank Group. Before joining Duke Corporate Education as Executive Director, Liz was a professor at London Business School and before that, Managing Partner in her own consultancy. She started her career in the public sector, as a fast track graduate entrant into the government, where she enjoyed running the office of a Minister of State and acting as UK Government negotiator. Liz believes that writing a book is like running a marathon - both consume hours of preparation and involve a lot of concentration- and fun!

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The ultimate guide to effective leadership

High-performing leaders, irrespective of race, age or gender, think in remarkably similar ways. For some, these ways of thinking come naturally, for others they need to be cultivated.

Inside the Leader's Mind reveals the five common ways effective leaders think and gives you the tools you need to evolve your thinking and become a better leader.  Drawn from the collective wisdom of 20 world-class leaders, Inside the Leader's Mind shows you how to think your way to the very top.     

‘These five ways of thinking like a leader are so obvious it is a wonder someone hasn’t thought of them before. Follow this advice and you will become a better leader.’

Maurice Duffy, CEO, blackswan

 

About the Author

Elizabeth Mellon has been Executive Director of Duke Corporate Education, a global learning and development corporation, since 2004. Previously she spent twelve years in the Department of Trade and Industry before taking a MBA and PhD at LBS. At LBS she was Professor of Organizational Behaviour and also served as Director of the Senior Executive Programme, the London Business School's flagship program for senior executives. During the same period, she also taught on, and directed, the School's Global Consortium Programme.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and provocative 22 May 2011
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I have always believed that no one can be a true leader unless his/her leadership is from within, naturally or by nurturing. This is the only way a leader can wisely use the authority which comes with his/her responsibility to drive results and take accountability for the outcomes, good or bad.
In reading Inside the Leader's mind, I have been amazed by the way Liz Mellon has described the above in the section dealing with the five steps to move upwards. "How to climb a corporate ladder" has never been so easily explained.
The self assessment questions provided at the end of each step are found to be useful for those who aspire to be true leaders.
What makes the book even more interesting is the fact that it not based on theoretical statements but on facts and practical inputs from 20 world-class leaders who have made it happen.
Inside the Leader's Mind is both inspiring and provocative.
One cannot act as a leader if he/she does not think as a leader. It is how we think that determines how we act.

Bernard Katompa,
CEO, Liberty Africa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Candid, helpful and inspiring 21 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Liz Mellon walks with us among dozens of leaders, whether sharing their most public moments or abiding their most unguarded confidence to report her observations and present a behavioural prescription, not for success in itself, but for a sublime personal fulfilment that generates success.

Mellon, the respected academic--and one of the best professors of leadership I know--manages to write in the voice of a thoughtfully investigative journalist, as we are introduced to some of the most interesting organizational leaders in the world. Her keenly empathetic ear helps makes their examples accessible and helpful to leaders at all stages of development. Mellon reveals the sets of common behaviours that we can all study, understand and emulate.

Inside the Leader's Mind has an engaging cadence that carries us from planting mangroves in Malaysia with a CEO during his corporate training program to the cloistered boardroom blunders of the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Throughout the journey, we meet leaders who fail with bravado, relearn with aplomb and rise back with selfless humility.

Inside the Leader's Mind articulates a vital catalyst for excellence in a chaotic business environment: ambiguity. As Mellon describes her "Five Ways of Thinking Like a Leader," the reader is counselled to face realities of solitude and bruising public accountability and, at the same time, the reader is enticed by the narratives of those who navigate the perils to find immense joy as the leaders they set out to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Leader's Mind 18 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Let me declare an interest. I picked up this title as a mild sceptic. My shelves are loaded with similar sounding offerings - many with their spines uncracked. I'm putting this one aside now, coffee-stained, having been able to spend some absorbing time with a succession of fascinating characters inhabiting a rarefied corporate stratosphere. In its compact pages I found both space and oxygen enough to breathe and, importantly, to reflect a little myself.

The central construct of the book is powerful - the way leaders think defines them and drives all their complex behaviours - when we see their hands working and their lips moving, we need to follow their mind's dance. The essential substance of the book is well covered in reviews here and it its various promotional blurbs elsewhere. For me, the five ways of thinking like a leader fit snugly and possibly deliberately into the compass of a single hand. There's the 'Solid Core' of self-belief and values that for me is the thumb capable of touching each of the other four digits as they perform a constant waggle dance of their own. The middle and forefingers of 'No Safety Net' and 'Comfortable in Discomfort' are the pivotal hinge of the piece, V-shaped and directional whichever way you see them. The ring finger of 'On My Watch' is the conscience of the whole, while 'I Am the Enterprise' with it overtone of egotism, has to occupy the pinkie spot rather than centre stage - all inside my mind that is.

Like all good reads in this field, 'Inside The Leader's Mind' sows its own crop of follow-up questions. Which of Mellon's thoughtfully crafted phrases will achieve 'stickiness'? Which is her 'Tipping Point', her 'Good to Great' or 'Emotional Intelligence' signature?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true leader is different 17 May 2011
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Book Review: `Inside The Leader's Mind'
Liz Mellon, Prentice Hall, May 2011

Liz Mellon's recently released book is subtitled `Five ways to think like a leader'. It sounds as if it might read like a myriad other books on leadership; and indeed its professed purpose is to help the reader become a true business leader, something that will remain an imaginative dream for the vast majority of mortals. But here is the evidence that this one is just a touch different.

First, it avoids preaching. There are some disadvantages to taking an anecdotal route, with a swathe of examples and quotes from real and successful business lives which may or may not prove a point, but this is a fresher and more thought-provoking channel than a purely didactic approach.

Second, the text challenges the reader in person to take the test in each of the five areas, and to recognize the difference between a highly effective executive and a fully capable leader. It is a call to honesty in self-assessment which is both unfrightening and potentially very revealing: if you duck the honesty bit, you know you are failing the test anyway.

Third, it describes regions of thinking about leadership which the subjects of her interviews themselves regard as interesting and new. This is relatively untrodden territory.

Here are the five ways to think like a leader:
- >Realise you have no safety net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh thinking - the key is how leaders think!
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Liz Mellon was looking to say something new about leadership - and she has succeeded. This eminently readable and engaging book, based on interviews with a wide range of Chief... Read more
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