Inspiring Leadership: Learning from Great Leaders

By John Adair | Go to book overview

FIFTEEN

Leaders for Tomorrow

'Those having
torches will pass
them on to others.'

PLATO

An almost universal sense of the need for good leaders has appeared within recent years. There are now many educational and training programmes specifically designed to develop leaders for today and tomorrow. Why has his happened?

The chief reason is a steady and deep shift in values, like a movement of the continental plates, a seismic change which underlies all our national cultures, shaking some more than others. The higher value placed upon the individual, fed from classical and Biblical sources, has led to much more emphasis on education. Men and women are assumed to be born, in all important aspects, free and equal. We, as individuals, are seen as ends in ourselves, not merely as means to other ends. This unique value of each person is increasingly taken for granted, and egalitarianism has been in the ascendant for some time.

Does not this affirmation of our essential personal equality lessen the opportunity and need for leadership? On the contrary, the truth has become increasingly clearer that a democratic society does need good leadership. For leaders enable free and equal people to be effective in doing what needs to be done. That principle applies to every organisation and institution within a democratic society. 'Those who are near will not hide their ability,' wrote a Taoist author, Hsun-Tzu, 'and those who are distant will not grumble at their toil…that is what is called being a leader and teacher of men.'

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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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