How To Grow Leaders – The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development

Author: John Adair
Price: £11.31
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0749448393

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John Adair is internationally recognised as an authority in leadership, having been the world’s first professor of leadership studies.

In this book, he brings the reader up to date with leadership in the workplace by sending a clear message to both employers and employees about the importance and value of producing leaders.

In this extremely well-written book, you can learn from “one of the foremost thinkers on leadership in the world”, according to Sir John Harvey-Jones, who was the inspirational leader of ICI and then became the BBC’s original troubleshooter.

Do not be put off by the title as the content is relevant, informative, and well presented. I have an in-built cynic button about titles with ‘seven’ things in them (or any number) as gimmicky, but there is something here for both the chief executive and the newly graduated trainee manager.

The ideas and histories are nicely punctuated by anecdotes and illustrations, which act as recommendations. This book can contribute to an organisation’s strategy for development of its people and future growth of the business.

If only other authors could adopt Adair’s writing style and make their books not only relevant but interesting. This was a page-turner that I had to finish and which will be on and off my library shelf as I dip back into it.

Useful? Four out of five stars
Well-written? Four out of five stars
Practical? Four out of five stars
Inspirational? Four out of five stars
Value for money? Five out of five stars
Overall? Four out of five stars

Reviewed by Keith Lawson, lecturer to business and management students in the UK and Romania, and a consultant in the advice and guidance sector

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