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Walking the Talk in a Shared Power World, 1 April 2014
This is a book which I wish had been available to me when I was a manager in a large local authority, or to my clients while working as an independent executive coach - I've had the pleasure of 12-13 years in each role.
As the authors explain, it's not about navigating office politics, but rather about developing the leadership capacity to interact strategically in a world where government, business and the wider society have to share power.
What strikes you immediately is that while incisive and clear, this is not an academic work but an immensely practical and realistic guide for practitioners of leadership in a world where influencing stakeholders and partners is the key to effective action. It is replete with credible examples drawn not just from research, but from the authors' own personal experience of working with key decision makers in business, government, NGOs and social enterprises. Valerie Wark and Gerry Reffo have 'walked their talk' in the way they have elicited valuable contributions from leaders across a range of sectors and national cultures and turned them into a model of leadership which you can believe in and apply.
They identify five facets to their concept of Leadership PQ; Futurity, Power, Empathy with Purpose, Trust and Versatility and unpack the attributes and behaviours associated with each. Analytical and creative skills are important but perhaps the ability to build relationships of trust, communicate clearly and manage competing interests lies at the heart of this view of leadership. Think for example of the way in which the loss of trust has corroded the effectiveness of the financial sector following the banking crash, Libor rate fixing and insurance misselling, or the impact of the Iraq war and expenses scandals on politics.Today climate change presents our most urgent and complex challenge to date, where the skills described in this book will be needed in abundance to build trust in the science and reconcile competing interests to manage the risks implicit in our present course of action.