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The Leadership Skills Handbook, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The Leadership Skills Handbook from best-selling author Jo Owen reveals the essential skills you need to be an effective leader. Most leadership books try to answer the question 'what is good leadership?' this book asks 'how can you learn to lead?' and then, based on research with over a thousand leaders, it provides over 50 vital attributes you need to lead successfully. Covering every aspect of leadership from technical skills and career skills, to people skills and personal values, it touches on: understanding yourself and others, delegating, motivating, conflict management, crisis management, problem solving, negotiating, networking, time management, humility and coaching. Full of exercises and practical wisdom, it will help you become a leader that people want to follow.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title page
  3. Imprint
  4. Table of contents
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Introduction
  7. Part one: career skills
    1. 1. Understand yourself
    2. 2. Understand others
    3. 3. Understand how you affect others
    4. 4. Discover your rules of success
    5. 5. The leadership journey: Key principles
    6. 6. Managing your leadership journey: The map
    7. 7. Build your career
    8. 8. Careers versus careering: Avoiding the death stars
    9. 9. How not to get promoted
    10. 10. Running the leadership marathon
  8. Part two: people skills
    1. 1. Delegating
    2. 2. Motivating
    3. 3. Selling
    4. 4. Coaching
    5. 5. Managing expectations
    6. 6. Managing upwards
    7. 7. Flattery
    8. 8. Managing professionals
  9. Part three: moment of truth skills
    1. 1. Learning to say no
    2. 2. Conflict management
    3. 3. Crisis management
    4. 4. Dealing with bullies
    5. 5. Negative feedback
    6. 6. Hearing feedback
    7. 7. Fighting battles
    8. 8. Power
    9. 9. Managing adversity
  10. Part four: technical skills
    1. 1. Reading
    2. 2. Writing
    3. 3. Presenting
    4. 4. Storytelling
    5. 5. Listening
    6. 6. Doing numbers
    7. 7. Problem solving
    8. 8. Decision making in uncertainty
    9. 9. Influencing decisions
    10. 10. Negotiations
    11. 11. Networking
    12. 12. Time management
    13. 13. Effective meetings
    14. 14. Projects
    15. 15. Managing budgets
    16. 16. Dealing with advertising
    17. 17. Managing change
    18. 18. Reorganizing
    19. 19. Creating a vision
  11. Part five: values and behaviours
    1. 1. Becoming a leader people want to follow
    2. 2. How not to be a good boss
    3. 3. Taking control
    4. 4. Working to win
    5. 5. Learning to be lucky
    6. 6. Managing stress
    7. 7. Positive leadership
    8. 8. Professional leadership
    9. 9. Etiquette
    10. 10. Honesty
    11. 11. Humility
    12. 12. Responsibility
    13. 13. Living the values
    14. 14. Ambition
    15. 15. Hard work
    16. 16. Learning and renewal
    17. 17. Learning to lead
  12. Further reading
  13. Index
  14. Full imprint