In this counter-intuitive book for managers, the author argues that no one is perfect and that success as a leader is not about being perfect and always doing the right thing; it is about accepting your own humanity and adopting a number of down-to-earth attitudes and values. That's when we achieve true (adequate) success. Through ten commandments - starting with "Be humble - as a manager, you are also an employee" - management expert Kelly Odell provides a new perspective on how we should behave as managers in this age of differing cultures and values. How we think about people, motivation, power and relationships is the foundation for successful management. Odell argues that too much emphasis is placed on the leader setting a good example and becoming a (heroic) role model, when in fact a leader whose priority is on other people is more likely to create value for their company and succeed as a manager.
Kelly Odell is a leading expert and trainer in management, and works with some of Europe's largest companies. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator.
Introduction p.06Leadership is a skill p.22Commandment 1 p.28Be humble: as a manager you are also a team member.Commandment 2 p.40Dare to delegate: your job is to dare to lead others, not to have all the answers.Commandment 3 p.52Maintain your freedom: never get yourself into a situation where you cannot afford to tell the company to go to hell.Commandment 4 p.62Take Risks: Losing your job is not the worst think that can happen, it is often the best thing.Commandment 5 p.78Deliver actual results: don't worry about company politics; in the long run, it's results that count.Commandment 6 p.88Be inspired and inspire others: if you're not passionate about what you do, do something you're passionate about.Commandment 7 p.114Base decisions on facts: intuition is better than no information, but facts are best.Commandment 8 p.132Say what you think: create a climate where others dare to do the same.Commandment 9 p.144Support your staff: remember, they work for you of their own free will.Commandment 10 p.156Go from manager to leader: the company chose you as boss but your employees decide whether you are their leader.Myths about organizations and the people within them p.166My reflections p.176Supplementary Material p.186References p.188