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Myths of Leadership

Myths of Leadership

Banish the Misconceptions and Become a Great Leader

Jo Owen


Gives readers a fascinating guide to the myths, fads and misconceptions surrounding leadership and provides an evidence-based, entertaining look at how to avoid them and become a better leader.

Available to pre-order from 3rd July 2017
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About the book

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 analyse 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.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 21: Leaders Know What Is Going On Around Them at All Times;
    • Chapter - 22: Leaders Are Always in Control;
    • Chapter - 23: The Person Who Starts the Team/Project/Company Should Be the One to Lead It;
    • Chapter - 24: The Best Team Player Makes the Best Leader;
    • Chapter - 25: The Leader is Indispensable;
    • Chapter - 26: Male and Female Leaders are Different;
    • Chapter - 27: Leaders Have Big Personalities;
    • Chapter - 28: Leaders Must Be Humble;
    • Chapter - 29: Leaders Develop Talent and Succession;
    • Chapter - 30: You Will Be Remembered For What You Achieve;
    • Chapter - 31: Evil Leaders Are Always Bad Leaders;
    • Chapter - 32: Leaders Value Diversity;
    • Chapter - 33: Leaders Don't Value Being Challenged;
    • Chapter - 34: Leaders Know When to Step Down;
    • Chapter - 35: Leadership is Always Earned
    • Chapter - 20: You Can Study Leadership;
    • Chapter - 19: You Have To Be a Good Manager Before You Can Be A Good Leader;
    • Chapter - 18: Leadership Comes With Experience;
    • Chapter - 17: Leaders Are Infallible;
    • Chapter - 16: Leaders Give Orders and Direction;
    • Chapter - 15: Power Comes From Your Rank;
    • Chapter - 14: Leaders Deserve Exceptional Rewards;
    • Chapter - 13: Leaders Succeed Purely On Merit;
    • Chapter - 12: Good Leaders Can Lead Any Kind of Business;
    • Chapter - 11: It’s Lonely at the Top;
    • Chapter - 10: It’s Tough at the Top;
    • Chapter - 09: We Can Learn From Great Leaders;
    • Chapter - 08: Popular People Become Leaders;
    • Chapter - 07: Leaders Have High IQs;
    • Chapter - 06: Leaders Are Born Not Bred;
    • Chapter - 05: Leadership is a Rare Ability;
    • Chapter - 04: Leaders Are Good Role Models;
    • Chapter - 03: Leaders Should Be Charismatic;
    • Chapter - 02: Leadership Only Happens at the Top;
    • Chapter - 01: We Know Exactly What Leadership Means;

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749480745
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2017
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 240 pages
  • Series: Myths Series

About the Author

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.

Jo Owen