Mastering Leadership: book review

Author: Michael Williams
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Thorogood
Pages: 220
ISBN: 1854183087

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This book is a useful and effective addition to one of the most important current topics for business: leadership.

Michael Williams has been a successful consultant on leadership for 30 years, working with global businesses such as IBM, ICI, ABN AMRO, and British Alcan. Before that, he did extensive military service in the Royal Navy, Marines and the Special Boat Service – no doubt where he got his grounding in leadership.

Williams communicates the subject well. His writing style is acceptable to most readers and is well-illustrated with diagrams, with review points at regular intervals.

Never before have we had truly global business, with instant communication around the planet, as we do now. Never before has change been a constant rather than an evolutionary occasional incident. Never before has the need for leadership been so great.

Writers such as Williams, John Adair and Charles Handy are shining searchlights on our current weaknesses, and provide ideas and solutions for business survival. But even more than business survival, this book helps the individual to consider themselves as a leader and to actively seek the skills and experiences to become effective leaders.

The new context is no longer ‘jobs for life’ but ’employability for life’.

While reading is not enough to develop leadership skills, it helps to study texts for advice to underpin your experience. This book is value for money and I recommend it.

Useful? Five 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, as well as consultant to the voluntary sector

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