The Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders

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Don't Try To inspire Your People. That's Pointless. Just Stop The Seven Things You're Doing That Demotivate People Utterly. You ll Soon Become A Better Leader Unlike other leadership books, The Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders does NOT concentrate on good or great leadership. (Or even on getting from 'good to great'.) You see, we don't want you to copy all those so-called inspirational executives out there. We know that copying other people blindly just doesn't work. There's an even better reason why we don't want you to concentrate on what other executives do brilliantly. And the reason is this: we learn far more and far more quickly from our mistakes than from the things we do well. That's just human nature. So in this book we'll share with you exactly where people still foul up in leading others. Things that destroy bottom-line value. Now don't misunderstand us we can t reveal the specific information from our coaching, teaching and consulting work that would be unethical. But what we can do is this: we can summarise for you the seven key things that seem to occur time and time again things people do that have a direct impact on the bottom line. And we've called these the Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders. Jacqueline Moore and Steven Sonsino www.7failings.com

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JACQUELINE MOORE is a business author and writer and her last book, Leadership Unplugged, was described as 'learned yet practical' by Harvard Business School Press. Until she turned to writing full-time in 2003, Jacqueline was a senior journalist on the London Financial Times where she worked for 16 years. She worked on the News and Features desks of the Financial Times as well as on the World Stock Markets page. She was launch production editor of the Business Travel Page, launch writer and editor of the FT View column and launch editor and writer of the back page e-business column. In addition, she co-designed and co-taught the first Workshop & Facilitation Skills course on the MBA programme at Cranfield School of Management in the UK and is a former Director of the award-winning Journalism Training Centre. STEVEN SONSINO is an author, motivational speaker and business school professor with clients including Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Sara Lee, General Mills, E.On, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School where his recent clients include HSBC and ExxonMobil. From 2001 until 2004 Steven was Director of the School's Emerging Leaders Programme and he founded the Tomorrow s Leaders Research Group at the School in 2002. From 2002 until 2006 he directed The Leadership Alliance, a consortium programme run by London Business School with the Universities of Lisbon and Porto. Steven is visiting professor at Escola de Gestão do Porto in Portugal, teaching leadership and negotiations. He is also a visiting professor at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, teaching leadership. He recently became a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business, where he also teaches leadership. Before beginning his doctoral research at the London School of Economics, Steven was found

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Lost Leaders The fact that coach and academic Steven Sonsino, along with fellow author Jacqueline Moore, has now come up with a back-handed variation on Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - The Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders - is deeply refreshing. In fact, for those on the receiving end of a really, really useless boss the automatic response is probably 'Seven? So few?' --The Guardian, April 2007

The keys to leadership lie within Trying to emulate Gandhi or Jack Welch (or whichever other inspirational leader is your hero) is a waste of time. Up and coming leaders would be better off correcting their own flaws, rather than imitating other's greatness, says Steven Sonsino, a London Business School academic. --The Times

With so many leadership theories floating around, Sonsino's 'Seven Failings' have the advantage of being simple to grasp, memorable and attention-grabbing. He admits he owes some thanks to management guru Stephen Covey, having turned his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, on its head. And he also admits his arguments may be blindingly obvious to some people. But that s missing the point. The message still needs to be hammered home because thousands of managers are continuing to demotivate their staff. "By being challenging and provocative, Seven Failings might rattle some cages," he says. Worst of all, he concludes, is to ignore the eighth failing - not doing anything about the other seven. --Webster Buchanan Research, April 2007

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