Who are the great leaders in history and what have they got to teach us today about the nature and practice of leadership? John Adair explores a wide range of inspiring leaders, from Lao Tzu and Machiavelli, to Thatcher and Mandela.
In this stimulating and rewarding book John Adair poses the questions, who are the great leaders in history and what have they got to teach us today about the nature and practice of leadership?
In asking to what degree true leadership can be identified and developed, he explores the make-up and achievements of historic leaders. He explores the cardinal qualities of inspiring, communicating and decision making but he also touches on the value of humour, intuition and imagination.
This thought-provoking book is a unique approach to leadership by a writer internationally acknowledged as a major influence on leadership studies. There are points to ponder throughout the book, helping to draw out the lessons and concepts for the reader.
It features among others: Alexander the Great, Amundsen, Attila, Attlee, Bevan, Boudicca, Mike Brearley, Caesar, Churchill, de Gaulle, Einstein, Eisenhower, Elizabeth I, Gandhi, Sir Edmund Hillary, Ho Chih Min, Hsun-Tzu, Jefferson, Jesus, Jonnah, Kennedy, Lao Tzu, Lincoln, Machiavelli, Mandela, Montgomery, Mosley, Napoleon, Nehru, Nixon, Pericles, Plato, Reagan, F D Roosevelt, St Paul, Scott, Shackleton, Socrates, Washington, Wellington and Xenophon.
‘Any of us who aspire to, and recognize the need for some form of leadership can only improve our performance by studying the past. John Adair’s latest book is a valuable addition to the thinking that has gone into the subject… I believe that it is a ‘must read’ book .. He is without doubt one of the foremost thinkers on the subject in the world.’
Sir John Harvey-Jones, leading industrialist and ex-CEO of ICI
‘I discovered once again how rare it is to come upon a book about leaders with depth, conceptual bite and historical context. It was a relief and a joy.’
Warren Bennis, major US management guru and writer
John Adair is internationally acknowledged as having had a
significant influence on management and leadership development in both
the business and military spheres. He has seen military service,
lectured at Sandhurst, worked extensively as a consultant, held
professorships in Leadership Studies and authored critically acclaimed
management and leadership books which have sold in their hundreds of
thousands. He has lectured at conferences all over the world.