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Uncommon Leadership

Uncommon Leadership

How to Build Competitive Advantage by Thinking Differently

Phil Higson, Anthony Sturgess

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Gain fresh insights on leadership and learn how to do the common things uncommonly well with this guide.

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About the book

Leaders are expected to show the way forward, especially in unpredictable circumstances or when resources are constrained. Yet frustratingly, what is common to good leadership is not often widely practised. Uncommon Leadership will help you explore the uncommon insights that can make a significant difference to your leadership. It will lead you to fresh strategic thinking by challenging conventional wisdom and asking you to reflect on some thought-provoking questions. Using their wealth of experience as managers, educators and consultants, Phil Higson and Anthony Sturgess will help you to think differently about leadership. In this highly readable book, they stimulate fresh thinking on leadership and give you the practical platforms you need to deliver uncommon success in your organization. They bring uncommon leadership to life, combining insights from some remarkable leaders and their surprising stories, with their own individual take on leadership.

Uncommon Leadership is supported by a companion website: www.uncommonleadership.co.uk, providing updates, tools and resources to help you do the common things uncommonly well.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction: The uncommon sense of leadership;
    • Chapter - 01: Leading with vision: Seeing the sense before it becomes common;
    • Chapter - 02: Leading with action: Shaping the organization by turning sense into common sense;
    • Chapter - 03: Leading with purpose: Showing the way by doing the common things uncommonly well;
    • Chapter - 04: Leading with service: Serving colleagues and customers through common touch leadership;
    • Chapter - 05: Leading with people: Sharing leadership by making it more common;
    • Chapter - 06: Conclusion: Building competitive advantage through uncommon leadership roles


I have read lots of management books; however this book was different. I couldn't put it down!
Director of SIA Service and Customer Access Service, Liverpool Direct Limited

A distinctive approach... (for) all those faced with the common challenge of leading businesses and organizations of any shape and size in the modern world. This is a practical book, grounded in sound scholarship which will help anyone to make sense of leadership.
consultant in work-based and lifelong learning

Comprehensive, provides a fresh perspective and illustrates what the best leaders do well to develop competitive advantage... brings together the best thinking on this topic to provide leaders with a practical, insightful and informative toolkit.
Vice President and Executive Consultant, The Forum Corporation (EMEA)

Uncommon Leadership is a tour de force of the experiences and lessons learned from seasoned, successful leaders all integrated into a fascinating intellectual package. It reveals an exigent and compelling alternative to the leadership of the contemporary powerbrokers existing on today's world stage. It seems that people really are much more engaged by leaders who consistently offer the power of their own example - rather than by leaders who consistently offer only examples of their own power.
Professor Dennis J. Garritan, Adjunct Professor, Harvard University, Academic Dean at the Mountbatten Institute

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749471040
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd May 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 233x155
  • 256 pages

About the Author

Anthony Sturgess has a proven track record in developing award-winning programmes with his clients. He has been a manager in a large, private sector management development consultancy, and has served as Head of Executive Education at a UK business school. After setting up his own business, Apex Leadership, Anthony has recently returned to university life at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School to further his interest in teaching and researching leadership.
Phil Higson has over 30 years' experience as a manager and management educator, in small and large organizations in both the private and public sectors. In addition to this practical experience, he is a former Head of Business at a UK university, and co-founder of Apex Leadership. He continues to teach, examine, consult and write on various subjects, including strategy, marketing, services management, and tourism.

Phil Higson

Anthony Sturgess