Book: Develop Your Leadership Skills (Sunday Times Creating Success)
Publisher: Kogan Page
Leadership skills have now been universally recognised as
a key ingredient – some would say the key ingredient – in
management. A good manager is now by definition a leader.
Equally, a good leader will also be a manager.
But how do you become such a leader? Is it possible to
develop your own abilities as a leader? Let me answer that last
question with a resounding YES. As for the first question, this
whole book is my answer. It is a simple practical guide for anyone
who is about to take up a team leadership role in any
organisation. But I hope that it will be equally useful for those
already in such roles who wish to improve their basic leadership
skills. If leadership matters to you, this book will give you a
complete framework for becoming an effective leader.
One word of caution: nobody can teach you leadership.
It is something you have to learn. You learn principally from
experience. But experience or practice has to be illuminated by
principles or ideas. It is when the sparks jump between the two
that learning happens. So you will have to think hard, relating
what I say to your experience as you read and reflecting on it.