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.
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.
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’
If you want a cookie cutter approach on how to be a leader, buy another leadership book. If you want to understand the myths behind the cult of leadership and the practical steps you can take to improve as a leader, buy this one
Graeme Duncan. Founder and CEO of Right to Succeed
The Myths of Leadership brilliantly exposes the most seductive snake oil that leaders - experienced and new - are exposed to, and more often than not succumb to. Jo Owen instead suggests a more grounded, practical but equally positive reality that helps leaders make a big step forward.
Sharath Jeevan, Founding CEO of STIR
Jo Owen's newest book is full of pragmatic advice which cuts through the myths and rhetoric around leadership and really gets to the heart of what it is that makes great leaders. It is also full of great take away examples which are relevant at every stage of the leadership journey
Natasha Porter, Founder and CEO of Unlocked Graduates
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.
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