Inspiring Leadership: Learning from Great Leaders

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ELEVEN

Leadership in a Changing World

'The business of life
is to go forwards.'

SAMUEL JOHNSON

During the early part of the last century a climatic shift took place in human awareness in the West. Across a broad front of human activity — philosophy, religion, politics, art and science — people felt the dawning consciousness that change was the order of the day. This feeling of the reality and inevitability of change cheered some and depressed others. For it heralded the end of a more leisurely, more static and more privileged age.

Change and leadership are closely linked. Change tends to throw up the need for leaders; leaders seek to create change. The first of these two processes is much stronger than the second. For it is actually quite difficult for a leader to bring about change within an institution or organisation which, from inside and outside, is untouched by the need for change.

In the nineteenth century the greater awareness of change did bring a new sense of need for leaders across a broad range of political, religious, educational, social and industrial fields. Contrary to the Marxist theory of how change happens in history, it became evident that good leaders — and leaders for good — formed a key factor in progress. The experiences of the First and Second World Wars led to better methods of selecting and training such leaders, at first in the armed services and then in other fields of human enterprise.

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  • Inspiring Leadership - Learning from Great Leaders *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction 1
  • Part 1 3
  • One - Leadership through Knowledge 4
  • Two - Leadership Skills 24
  • Three - The Servant-Leader 37
  • Four - The Ability to Give Direction 58
  • Five - Making the Right Decisions 77
  • Six - The Art of Inspiring While Informing 108
  • Part 2 *
  • Seven - The Roots of British Tradition 138
  • Eight - The Gentleman Leader 156
  • Nine - Nelson 187
  • Ten - Polar Explorers 207
  • Eleven - Leadership in a Changing World 220
  • Part 3 *
  • Twelve - Charisma 254
  • Thirteen - Women as Leaders 276
  • Fourteen - Styles of Leadership 303
  • Fifteen - Leaders for Tomorrow 335
  • Picture Acknowledgements 346
  • Select Bibliography 347
  • Index 349
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