The popular caricature of a great leader today is an activist who leads from the front, often through sheer force of personality - the kind of leader who will act as a saviour to a company or organisation. But most leaders are ordinary people who learn wisdom. One key to successful leadership is the ability to reflect - on one's own strengths and weaknesses, and on human nature and behaviour in order to bring out the best in others and build team spirit and morale.
This practical and inspiring book sets out an approach to leadership that is more effective in the longer term and explores: the art of reflection, the ability to identify key facts, how to weigh up risks, how to nurture self-knowledge and understanding of others, how to differentiate between knowledge and wisdom, the art of listening, building a common vision and more. From their extensive experience training leaders in business, ministry and public service, the authors offer a wise and reliable guide.
ALAN SMITH is the Bishop of St Albans and author of God-Shaped Mission.
PETER SHAW is a Partner with Praesta, an international executive coaching organisation. He is a Reader in the Church of England, teaches on the Guildford diocesan ministry course and is a popular conference speaker.
'You have to be a reflective practitioner to be effective in any profession. The theme in the book of the importance of standing and staring before deciding on next steps is crucial.'