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on 26 November 2011
John Adair knows his stuff and is always worth reading when he writes about leadership. He has a grasp of the subject and its subtleties that few can match.

However... there is a "but". His other writings (e.g. Not Bosses But Leaders) reveal his more nuanced view of leadership, but he hasn't updated his basic three circles model since the 1980s. Meanwhile the importance of authentic leadership has grown and the search for a more psychological model to support a leader's character development has become more urgent. This is where this fine book is showing its age in my view.

Where can you find something that builds on but goes further than Adair's thinking? You could try a newer book like James Scouller's "The Three Levels of Leadership". He accepts Adair's three elements of Task + Group + Individual but adds a fourth (Motivating Purpose) to give equal weighting to vision. More important, his model tackles the psychological aspect of leadership full on in a clear, practical way.

Do I recommend you buy this book? Yes, definitely. All I'm saying is that time has marched on and John Adair's thinking has, in my view, got to be partnered up with more recent writings to gain a fuller view of leadership.
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on 9 November 2011
If you are new to the process of professional leadership training this is a very useful book. Many of the modern 'gurus' quote Adair. It serves as a foundation for other training systems by introducing a method that is simple and practical.

If you have never had to do this type of thing before his simple style and direct manner of communication, with simple exercises and virtually jargonless psycho-bable free approach acts as an excellent introduction.

Highly reccomended due to its simplicity.
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I was weaned on John Adair in the 1980s and think the model of Task, Team and Individual is still relevant today especially for those entering a leadership role. Yes, there are more sophisticated models that have emerged, but Adair's Model is the one that people tend to remember and, therefore, it is genuinely useful and is more likely to be applied in real life situations. So the apparently basic nature of the Adair Model in this book makes up for the fact it isn't the latest "HD" insight into leadership. The other side of the coin is that more sophisticated models may offer an "HD picture" in terms of capturing the deeper nuances of leadership but, in the field, will the extra detail be recalled and therefore can/will these more sophisticated models be readily applied? I may be becoming dated, but I see this book and the Adair Model as still being highly relevant especially for emerging leaders. Recommended.
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on 2 April 2013
John Adair is a good author to read. He has an in depth knowledge of the subject. He makes it interesting and it is easy to read and understand.
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on 21 January 2010
I bought this book as part of my reading for an assignment on Leadership. John Adair has a number of books on Leadership and while this book isn't a comprehensive guide to leadership it is a good summary of leadership skills and qualities.
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on 17 May 2014
As we get more and more articles (often pimped on LinkedIn) with titles like "the one thing all managers must do" or "three things leaders must never do", it's refreshing to read a book on leadership that systematically and realistically challenges us to question and improve our own leadership performance. It's easy to but will stay with you long after you put the book down.
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on 4 January 2014
My first leadership course, 10 years ago, was based on John Adair's 3 circles model. I have found it extremely useful in my work. It is so simple to understand and apply. I have now been given new responsibilities and it was worthwhile to read this book and refresh my memory about the nuances of each of the 3 circles. The one disappointment I have is the lack of business examples.
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on 30 August 2012
I enjoyed reading this book. John Adair surely knows this subject.The narrative is precise and easy to understand. Furthermore the writer has provided illustrations and diagrams that are very helpful in understanding the topics.The use of prominent and successiful world leaders as case studies is brilliant.I loved it and was good value for my money
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on 16 January 2013
This book has an unmistakable wisdom that Is rare to find. Effective leadership is masterfully written and supported by rational and sustained argument throughout. I would call this essential reading for people who work professionally in teams and for anybody who wants to wisen up to life.
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on 20 March 2016
Elegantly written with dignified style of English where courtesy and proper etiquette was norm. Good course for comprehensive and concise introduction for leadership skill development. Recommended for management newbies as well as people who are aspiring to be managers.
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