In their book Living Leadership: A Practical Guide for Ordinary Heroes George Binney Gerhard Wilke and Colin Williams reveal how ordinary people achieve impressive results and offer their tips for managers based on extensive research alongside real leaders in real businesses.
The heroic leader the charismatic goal-scoring superstar who takes courageous stands and doesn’t mind carrying the team on his (or her) back actually inhibits workforce productivity. What’s more the recent financial and banking scandals have cast doubt on the wisdom of granting too much power to any individual.
Their research also shows that successful leaders “bring themselves” to the job of leading in that they:
- Come across to others as real people real flesh and blood and not wearing some sort of mask or pretense
- Draw on all their humanity their intelligence their emotions and their intuition
- Remember what they know from all their life experiences and make use of them in the world of work.