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Myths of Leadership

Banish the Misconceptions and Become a Great Leader

Understand the myths, fads and misconceptions surrounding leadership and get an evidence-based, entertaining view of how to avoid them and become a better leader.
EAN: 9780749480745
Edition: 1
Format: 234x156
288 pages

About the book

WINNER: CMI Management Book of the Year 2019 - Aspiring Leaders Category

The best leaders are born, not made. The best leaders are always in control. The best leaders are those with the highest IQs. But are they really?

The thinking surrounding what makes the greatest leaders is increasingly muddled by stereotypes, snake oil promises and pseudo-science. The best leaders rely on fact, not fads. Myths of Leadership blasts away the fluff and confronts false legends head on. Jo Owen uses the most credible research to analyze each myth, using international business case studies, leadership theory and insightful interviews, to uncover the truth.

This is a compelling and practical examination of the most pervasive misconceptions about leadership that will help you elevate your own leadership abilities, better inspire your team and empower your organization by thinking differently. Entertaining but evidence-based, Myths of Leadership throws out the management jargon and skewers over-hyped leadership trends to bring you the best practical tips you need to become a better leader.

About the authors

Jo Owen is a best-selling and multi-award winning leadership author, keynote speaker and social entrepreneur. He is a founder of eight charities, including the UK's largest graduate recruiter Teach First. His books The Mindset of Success, The Leadership Skills Handbook and Management Stripped Bare, all published by Kogan Page, have been translated into eight different languages.

Have I and other founders, academics and authors of leadership books been found out?! This stunning book questions the perceived wisdom of leadership theories based on empirical evidence that underpin the endless lists and counter lists produced to cajole leaders into improving their practice. Jo Owen has written an impressive analysis presented in an easy to read light hearted manner; providing the ultimate practical advice to all leaders - Leadership is a team game.

Professor Sonia Blandford, Founder and CEO Achievement for All, Professor of Education and Social Enterprise UCL, author ‘Middle Leadership in Schools’