Living Leadership

Living Leadership : A Practical Guide for Ordinary Heroes

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Reassess your leadership style, discover how to connect with people, and become a leader who can make things happen in the real world.

Built on a unique four-year experiment working alongside real leaders in real businesses, Living Leadership explodes the myth of the charismatic, transformational leader, to show that real progress comes from the dramatically ordinary aspects of leadership.

From building relationships, to working with the grain of the organisation rather than against it, and to knowing our limitations as much as pushing every boundary, the new edition of this book will challenge you to push your leadership skills to a new level.

"Living Leadership shows how, when you take away the myths and misconceptions, leading can genuinely be made easier." Hans Straberg, CEO, Electrolux

"A 'how to' book that redefines leadership in terms of the realities and choices facing people in organisations today." Professor Michael Osbaldeston, Director of Cranfield School of Management
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 159 x 233 x 21mm | 604g
  • FT Publishing International
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 0273772163
  • 9780273772163
  • 207,337

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"If there is one leadership book you ever buy, this should be it."

Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology and Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Board

"Very few books are as practical and 'real life'."

Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach, English Rugby Football Union

"Living Leadership shows how, when you take away the myths and misconceptions, leading can genuinely be made easier."

Hans Straberg, former President & Chief Executive Officer, Electrolux

"A breath of fresh air - insightful and practical."

Philip Cox, Chief Executive, International Power plc


How can you lead well? What is about you that will cause others to follow? Do you have to be an extraordinarily charismatic hero with a larger than life personality before you can make things happen? What if you're not?

Living Leadership has the answers. This insightful and motivating book will help you to reassess your own leadership style, discover how to make real connections with people and how to become an effective leader who makes things happen.
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Table of contents

Part 1: What it is

1. Living leadership

2. The end of Superman

3. Get connected

4. Get real

5. Get help

6. Surfing sinking and swimming

7. Leading in the moment

Part 2: How it works

8. Bosses

9. Self

10. People

11. Groups

12. Strategy

13. Change

14. Development

Part 3: How to use it

15. Coming alongside

16. Living with permanent transition?

A summary of living leadership

The research

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About George Binney

George Binneyis an business academic and consultant who has worked at Ashridge teaching business strategy and leadership for the last12 years. He is an executive coach to a number of business leaders and formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Co, he trained as a barrister and has an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.

Gerhard Wilkeis a group analyst who has developed a consultancy method that combines anthropological and psychoanalytical thinking..

Colin Williams specialises in leadership development and organisational change. He holds an MBA from City University Business School London and has worked with Ashridge for 20 years in a variety of consulting, teaching and management roles.
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