The Three Levels of Leadership: How to Develop Your Leadership Presence, Knowhow and Skill
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In all the recent literature on leadership skills and techniques, one element has been consistently missing - the leader's psychology. For the first time, this book sets out a compact, but complete model for successful leadership based on a psychological understanding of the challenges and hidden inner blocks faced by all leaders. Drawing on many years experience first as a CEO himself, and more recently as an executive coach, the author has developed two new groundbreaking models. The first outlines the three levels of leadership. The other explains the human psyche and how to achieve self-mastery. Many people claim that leadership qualities are innate and not learned. This book explodes that myth and shows how all aspiring leaders can rise to the challenge.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #86580 in Books
- Published on: 2011-05-24
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.27" h x .66" w x 5.83" l, .84 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 317 pages
About the Author
James Scouller is an accredited coach and partner of The Scouller Partnership, an executive coaching practice in the UK. He was a chief executive of international firms for 11 years before becoming a professional coach in 2004. He holds two postgraduate coaching qualifications and trained in applied psychology at the Institute of Psychosynthesis, London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
Simple, comprehensive, and stimulating
There are a vast number of leadership books available. I have read a few of them over the 25 years that I have worked in financial services management. I confess I have often been tempted by the high profile leadership gurus/business celebrities that flood the market with their wisdom and especially those that offer quick solutions to becoming more successful as a leader and manager.
This book exceeded all of my expectations and it's written in an engaging, honest and practical style. It's easy to understand and the author helps by summarising the information he provides at the end of each chapter, which really helped me memorise it and remain focussed.
What I did not expect at all, was that this book would to take me on a journey of soul searching about how serious I am now, or ever have been, about being the best leader I can be, or indeed the best team member.
By covering psychology, it took me to places, where I have to say I felt distinctly uncomfortable about myself and my performance, not just in business but in my social, spiritual, and family life too.
As a self-help manual, I will be using this book as a reference point for some considerable time to come. Hopefully, familiarity and improvement on my part will ease the personal anxiety of the first encounter.
I am not an expert book reviewer, as you can no doubt tell but I do heartily recommend this book to any team member, manager or leader that wants to improve their business performance and perhaps their life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
This book has allowed me to fully understand what leadership really is. Thinking of leadership as a process and having a clear definition has really enabled to me think about leadership in a clear manner.
James Scouller writes about the mind of a leader and this will allow you to develop in many areas of your life. I have read about self-mastery before and previous texts seem vague; however James Scouller offers a clear and concise picture of what self-mastery really is and what it truly involves.
This book has really added value to the way I think about things, allowing me to progress in an array of areas. I suggest that anyone who is interested in leadership or wants to progress in their career read this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Crossed the line from comprehensive into complex, and from psychology to psychobabble
By Clive Freeman
This book held out much promise, with some glowing reviews... but having read it, I came away more than a little disappointed.
The initial setup was promising: there are three levels to leadership, the Public, the Private and the Personal. The author commits to using plain english and adding no padding. All good so far. Part 1 defines the foundations - the four dimensions of leadership, being motivating purpose, task progress and results, upholding group unity, and attention to individuals. Excellent start, I thought.
Then we get into the detail. Here are the 34 behaviours that make up Public leadership. Really? 34? Well... they all seem to make sense, but I couldn't help but think that this model is going to end up too complex to be useful. Then add on the 14 key private leadership behaviours. And finally the three elements of personal leadership. So 51 different elements to track here.
Part 2 dives into Personal Leadership, starting with a discussion of Presence versus Charisma. There are some good points in here. But the material on time management in the next chapter is covered better by others. And then we find yet another model with four different skill sets introduced, containing 7 problem solving and planning skills, ten decision making skills, eleven interpersonal skills, and three group process skills.
By now I was beginning to flag. I did like some parts of this - the ASPECT performance goal-setting model (Achievable, Specific, Positive, Environmental, Controlled by you, and Truly worthwhile), for my money, is better than the widely-used SMART model. And I thought the section on whether you need a vision, and what should be in it, was well argued too.
So one could find some wheat in the chaff so far - perhaps a three star book.
However when Mr Scouller start on Self Mastery, I felt we had gone over the edge. Love and Power are at the heart of us all as leaders, it says. We have a Self, and a Fountainhead, as well as a higher and lower mental mind, an emotional mind, and a physical mind. Plus the deceiving False Self. With a hierarchical flow around the Self, and a four level structure for the False Self. We are told that "the second part of wholeness is the union of Self and Fountainhead". I know I'm perhaps unfairly quoting out of context, but this entire section, I'm afraid, I could not stomach. Others may find it useful, but it was not for this reader. I speed-read the last section, hoping for something useful, and could find nothing of any value.
In short, this was a book with some good ideas, but wrapped in too many layers and lists, and with some very new-age attachments. Don't waste your money.