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.
This thought-provoking book, Great Leaders, is aimed at stimulating your curiosity and guiding you through the various facets of leadership. Leadership expert and author John Adair explores the topic through its many forms, posing the question:
Who are the great leaders in history and what have they got to teach us today about the nature and practice of leadership?
Leadership is a characteristic many think can't be taught; but to what degree can true leadership skills be identified and developed?
Adair reviews the key great leaders in history to identify the main lessons that should be learnt from them. What emerges is a concept of leadership that is highly relevant to the needs of the world today.
Great Leaders is a book rich in examples and case studies, and wide-ranging in scope. With a thematic structure, Adair illustrates the different facets of leadership including:
The very different styles of leadership of Lincoln, de Gaulle, Hitler, Socrates, Lao Tzu, Washington, Thatcher, Gandhi and many more are examined, focusing on the cardinal qualities of inspiring, communicating and decision making but also of humour, intuition and imagination.
Key qualities that so often appear as abstract ideals – motivation, communication, decision-making, inspiration – here almost literally come to life.
‘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.