Organizations need effective government to flourish; however, leadership is a difficult vocation that requires knowledge and experience. Fortunately, history offers a wealth of theory, knowledge, and practical examples of what constitutes great leadership. John Adair, one of the world’s most prominent authorities on leadership, unpacks the time-tested principles of effective leadership in his book, Strategic Leadership. Through analysis of the ideas of great thinkers and leaders from all time periods and in all spheres, including military, political, and business, Adair distills the universal elements of effective leadership. He provides helpful context of the origins of leadership as a subject for philosophy and instruction, focusing on Socrates and his student Xenophon, a military commander. From there, Adair provides in-depth examinations of the seven vital functions for successful strategic leaders.
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