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THE LEADERSHIP CRASH COURSE: How to Create Personal Leadership Value

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THE LEADERSHIP CRASH COURSE: How to Create Personal Leadership Value

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THE LEADERSHIP CRASH COURSE How to Create Personal Leadership Value by Dr Paul Taffinder Published by Kogan Page ISBN 0749446382 192 pages. Paperback RRP £14.99*

www.kogan-page.co.uk

This is the second edition of this book, first published in 2000, and twice reprinted since. As publishers are notoriously driven by profit and demand, there's a strong clue there! The new edition includes more case studies and 'updated war stories' which are always welcome, but the big added value is in the new chapter on leadership styles and associated behaviours. These styles are labelled 'sub-domains' and one of them is 'The Administrator'. I would be interested to discover what members think of the characteristics attached to this pattern of behaviours: they are reprinted below, and although there is a danger of considering these out of context, there is still merit in 'matching' yourself.

THE ADMINISTRATOR' CHARACTERISTICS

* Excellent in delivery roles (they make things happen, on time and at all costs).

* Autocratic, unyielding, committed to seeing things through.

* The 'plan' for execution and delivery makes them blind to options and possibilities.

* Prefer strong direct control over resources and people: dislike decentralised organisational structures.

* Handle change by forcing the 'plan' through the change, even at high personal and resource cost. …

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