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The Mindset of Success

The Mindset of Success

From Good Management to Great Leadership

Jo Owen


Acquire the seven key mindsets that lead to leadership success and open up new career possibilities through achieving far more than you thought possible.

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About the book

Look around the place where you work. You will always find a few people who stand out from the crowd; people who make things happen, attract followers and create opportunities. After fourteen years of researching leaders around the world, author Jo Owen has found that the best and most successful leaders have something more than skills. They act differently because they think differently.

The Mindset of Success will help you unlock your true potential, showing you how to acquire the seven key mindsets that lead to success. The right mindset will enable you to achieve far more than you thought possible, opening up new career possibilities and new potential for your future.

From spies to sports, education to entrepreneurship, business to beyond, Jo Owen's original research and interviews will show you how outstanding leaders think and behave differently from the merely good. The way they think is consistent and predictable; we can all learn it. This is the mindset difference, and once you have it, you have an advantage which lasts for a lifetime and works for you time and time again.

This book is not about changing who you are, but becoming the best version of who you are, making the most of your existing talent and focusing on your natural strengths. The Mindset of Success provides a clearly structured set of tools to change the way you think, act and perform, pushing you beyond good management to great leadership.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction: Everyday heroes and the seven mindsets of success;
    • Chapter - 01: High aspirations: Dare to dream;
    • Chapter - 02: Courage: Dare to act;
    • Chapter - 03: Resilience: Stay the course;
    • Chapter - 04: Positive: Believe in better;
    • Chapter - 05: Accountability: Control your destiny;
    • Chapter - 06: Collaborative mindset: Succeed through others;
    • Chapter - 07: Growth: Adapt to thrive;
    • Chapter - 08: The dark side: Beware the demons


Makes a compelling case that a leader's mindset can count far more than their skills in achieving breakthrough success. It has profound implications for how we think about leadership potential within ourselves and our organizations.
Sharath Jeevan, CEO, STIR Education

Jo Owen provides practical advice on how to ensure a leadership mindset pervades your work in this well-written, original book which was a truly enjoyable read. I would highly recommend it.
Brett Wigdortz, CEO, Teach First

This book reminds us that great leadership comes from a mindset to live by, rather than a set of skills to apply from 9 to 5.
Mike Tobin, OBE

Down to earth and very readable, this book is full of stories to inspire and remind us what leadership is all about.
Steve Munby, CEO, CfBT Education Trust

A great fit for those feeling stuck in their careers or who want to take themselves personally and professionally to the next level. It's applicable to those who already have some strong leadership qualities, as well as to those who've never really thought of themselves as leaders.
Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749473112
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd March 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 215x138
  • 232 pages

About the Author

Jo Owen has worked for over 100 of the best, and one or two of the worst, organizations on our planet. His experience crosses most industries and continents - and formed the basis for his bestselling book Management Stripped Bare (also published by Kogan Page). He is a founder of Teach First, the top graduate recruiter in the UK, and six other national charities. He is in demand as a speaker and in 2013 his title The Leadership Skills Handbook won the CMI Book of the Year award for new managers.

Jo Owen

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