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The Trusted Executive

The Trusted Executive

Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation

John Blakey


Challenges leaders to recognize the power of trust in a sceptical world. It presents a unique three-pillar model for building trust and nine leadership habits that deliver outstanding results, inspiring relationships and a positive long-term legacy.

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About the book

The Trusted Executive helps leaders create a strategy for building trust in a globalized, technology-enabled, diverse and increasingly sceptical world.

Through innovative coaching exercises, self-assessment exercises, inspirational interviews with international CEOs and underpinned by rigorous academic research, The Trusted Executive gives leaders the tools to build trust through three key pillars: ability, integrity and benevolence. Underpinning these pillars lie nine habits of trustworthiness; habits that will enable executives to deliver outstanding results, inspiring relationships and a positive contribution to society. With tools for measuring and developing leadership trust and focused strategies for handling trust violations, The Trusted Executive takes account of the ever-changing, increasingly diverse and multi-generational work environment. An essential tool for leaders who want to create a positive long-term legacy.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - 01: Trust lost and trust regained;
    • Chapter - 01: A broken model: The blue pill vs the red pill;
    • Chapter - 02: The three pillars that inspire trust;
  • Section - 02: The nine habits that inspire results, relationships and reputation;
    • Chapter - 03: Pillar 1: Habits of ability;
    • Chapter - 04: Pillar 2: Habits of integrity;
    • Chapter - 05: Pillar 3: Habits of benevolence;
    • Chapter - 06: Cracks in the pillars: What to do when things go wrong;
  • Section - 03: The wider context;
    • Chapter - 07: Organizational foundations: Living in a red pill world


'John hits the mark with this book: the world is intuitively reaching out for leadership that behaves with integrity and appropriate humility, whilst exhibiting the necessary foresight and confidence to help their organisations and communities be successful with a wider responsible vision. John's practical and inspired approach offers a structured framework to help anyone succeed in this way - backed up by enough studies and evidence to show this approach is real. I can see this will reflect the defining behavioural style for leadership very quickly.'
Martyn Proctor, Executive Director, Ernst & Young

'This is a well-researched and thought-provoking book on the concept of trustworthiness and its importance to modern organisations in a world of ever-increasing transparency. Most importantly, it asks searching questions of leaders and sets out a challenging, yet practical series of actions that can, if done together and with consistency, build genuine trust across and beyond an organisation. I would thoroughly recommend to leaders in all sectors - it's time to take the red pill.'
Heath Monk, CEO, Future Leaders Trust

'This inspiring book sets out a leader's individual responsibility for driving the actions that create organisational trust. It is highly readable and addresses both the theory and the practice of the trust-building challenge. The measures John recommends are highly practical and well within the capability of all business leaders who are determined to leave a positive legacy.'
Jane Frost CBE, CEO, Market Research Society

The Trusted Executive is an invaluable forward thinking handbook for every existing or aspiring leader. John clearly defines and develops key attributes for leaders the world deserves. The reader is coached through theoretical and practical exercises and examples which demonstrate both significant personal experience and considerable depth of research.
Gina Lodge, CEO, The Academy of Executive Coaching

'What this bold and thought-provoking book shows is that there is an urgent need to re-build trust through developing leaders that don't just 'talk the talk', but who also 'walk the talk'
Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport

The red pill moment represents the choice between living the status quo or embracing a new reality. Well written, thought provoking and practical - here's to the nice guys!
Rob Edwards, Managing Director, FARM Digital

I've read many books on organizational trust and John's is one of the best - a welcome addition and a must-read.
Barbara Brooks Kimmel, CEO and Co-founder, Trust Across America

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749474225
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd April 2016
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 240 pages

About the Author

John Blakey is a leading executive coach and board advisor working with CEOs and elite sport coaches around the globe. His business experience includes time as a Fast Track 100 entrepreneur, FTSE100 International Managing Director and Chair/Director of a number of voluntary organizations. He is a regular speaker at international business conferences and is an advisory board Chair for Vistage, the world's largest CEO membership organization. John has an MBA from Aston Business School and is currently researching a PhD on the role of CEO leadership in building personal and organizational trust.

John Blakey

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