Top down leadership techniques are outdated. Today's organisations are horizontally networked and constantly changing. They need leaders who can adapt, accept risk, collaborate and be transparent.
This book distils 40 years of experience into 7 accessible skills that leaders need to thrive in business today. The 7 I's of Leadership: Individuality, Insight, Initiate, Involve, Inspire, Improvise, Implement.Containing case studies, examples, questions and checklists, this book will enable you to understand the importance of these skills and will show you how to learn and implement them.
Andrew Leigh is the co-founder of Maynard Leigh. Before this he worked as a senior manager in both the public and the private sectors. He has spent several years as a features writer for The Observer and an established author. Michael Maynard is also a co-founder of Maynard Leigh. Michael now runs business and management courses internationally, specialising in leadership and creativity, teams and communication skills.
Table of Contents INTRODUCTION LEADING IN THE 21ST CENTURY * Major trends * Living with uncertainty * Leadership is relational * Leadership starts here! CHAPTER 1: INDIVIDUALITY * The Genius Syndrome * What Price Charisma? * The Source of individualism - Being yourself - Personal experience - Personal Style * Personal values * Integrity - Integrity Barometer - Taking a Stand * Networking * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 2: INSIGHT * Self Awareness - Personal enquiry - Internal cast * Understanding other people * Seeing what's going on - Curiosity - Foresight - Insight is seeing, not magic * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 3: INITIATE * Accept responsibility - Volunteer - Participate - Be accountable - Take centre stage * Research * Take risks - Step out of your comfort zone - Be assertive - Handle reverses * Instigate direct action * Follow-through * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 4: INVOLVE * Intensity of Involvement * Participation and Enrolment * Why Engage? * How to Engage - Being Valued - Being Involved - Being Developed - Being Inspired * Meetings * Empowerment * Coaching * Give People a Voice * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 5: INSPIRE * How to Inspire - The Why? - Source - Passion * Vision * Communicate - Conversation - Story-telling * Trust * Challenging goals * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 6: IMPROVISE * The Drive for Improvisation * The Principles of Improvisation * Creativity - Innovate - A try-it environment - Problem solve - Value Ideas - Encourage play * Flexibility * Presence - Physical presence - Psychological presence * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 7: IMPLEMENT * Be action-minded - Paralysis of analysis - Setting Goals - SMART goals - Monitoring progress - Ask for help * Model Behaviour * Seek Feedback - Personal feedback - Organisational feedback * Persist * Spot success * Well-being * Summary & Ideas for Action CHAPTER 8: LEAD THE WAY - NOW! OVERVIEW APPENDIX: ARE YOU LEADING THE WAY? * Check your leadership profile.