by Andrea Charman

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

A critical attribute of effective leadership, this is a topic that should not be missed. The essence of EI is self-knowledge; this leads to excellence in self-management, which in turn is the cornerstone of successful, sustainable leadership. Research shows that the greatest de-railer of successful leadership is lack of impulse control, a critical component of EI. Leadership roles inevitably involve a high degree of stress management, of which impulse control is a sub-component.



Personal Energy

Energy management, as it relates to personal energy sources, is critical to successful leadership

Stress Management

This is about fight or flight and all that is between the two poles. Successful leaders face up to a given situation and distinguish those battles that need to be fought and those that do nothing more than drain energy and purpose.

Mental Toughness



Political Intelligence


The leader of the future

published by the Peter Drucker Foundation (US)/Jossey Bass, 1997, 352 pages

This book has a collection of essays by selected thought-leaders to include Dave Ulrich, Rosebeth Moss Kanter, and Ed Shine, among many others. It provides considerable provocative ideas around the subject of leadership and what it takes to succeed. The range of perspectives is invaluable to a leader seeking a variety of perspectives on both ‘timeless and topical’ challenges.

The future of leadership

edited by Warren Bennis, published by Jossey-Bass (John Wiley & Sons), 2001, 352 pages

This is a collection of essays with contributors such as Tom Peters, James Kouzes and Charles Handy. The book offers a variety of views on the leadership theme, presented in an easily accessible manner.

Charismatic leadership: the elusive factor in organisational effectiveness

Jay Conger and Rabindra Kanungo, originally published in 1988, recently re-issued in paperback, 2004, 352 pages

Conger is Chair of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. The book is a practical study of charismatic leaders and the benefits and risks of their respective approaches. For example: Lee Iacocca and Steve Jobs

The leadership mystique: a user’s guide for the human enterprise

Manfred Kets de Fries, published by Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2001, 352 pages

A highly recommended book that covers a range of topics, from emotional intelligence, effective leadership behaviour, the roots of failure and global leadership attributes, to techniques that work. It is clearly written and offers a wealth of self-check questions.

As Manfred Ket de Fries states: ‘Organisations are like automobiles. They do not run themselves, except downhill.’

Emerson: the mind on fire

R D Richardson Jr (US), published by the University of California Press, 1997, 684 pages

Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most important figures in the history of American thought, religion and literature.


Leadership websites abound. Useful sites to begin your search are:

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Harvard Business

Leadership Trust

Haas School of Business


You can also contact the author directly: Andrea Charman