Living Leadership: A practical guide for ordinary heroes

 

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.

Added on 23 July 2012 by Erika Lucas

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.

In Living Leadership the authors assert:
1. “Leadership is a social process – the result of interactions between individuals and groups”. It’s about the interaction you have with your colleagues.
2. “The success or failure of leaders is dependent on the ability to work with the context“. This means being realistic about what you can achieve with the people and budget that you have.
3. “You don’t have to be a superhero to be a leader” and “let go of the belief that as leader you have to know the answer before you tackle an issue.”

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.

Now in its third edition Living Leadership published by Prentice Hall Financial Times contains enduring lessons for leaders in these challenging and turbulent times.