While writing my own book “Create Space: How to Manage Time and Find Focus, Productivity and Success”” I have been reading a lot of literature on leadership. This weekend I came across the US Army’s Leadership Manual, which is incredibly impressive.
It covers the values, character and competencies that underlie army leadership but has relevance way beyond the military. In the foreword the US Army Chief of Staff writes:
“It is critical that Army leaders be agile, multiskilled pentathletes who have strong moral character, broad knowledge, and keen intellect. They must display these attributes and leader competencies bound by the concept of the Warrior Ethos. Leaders must be committed to lifelong learning to remain relevant and ready during a career of service to the Nation.”
If you are a leader in any organisation, or just interested in leadership per se then it is well worth a read.
You can find a pdf of it here. It also led me to see if there was an equivalent for the British military, which there is, in this Sandhurst document, which is also worth looking at.
Update 8th February 2018
My new book “Create Space – How to Manage Time and Find Focus, Productivity and Success” – will be published by Profile at the end of summer.
The book is inspired by my work as a leadership consultant, at the company I founded at the end of 2016 CDP Leadership Consultants, and prior to that at global consultants YSC. The book contains twelve stories drawn from that work, along with reflections and practical suggestions on each of the twelve subjects the stories address.
It makes three key arguments. First, in order to achieve our best we need to create space in order to think, connect and act on a deeper and more profound level. Second, that the modern world indiscriminately fills our life. For the first time in 1000 generations our task isn’t to fill space but to push back and create it. Third, if we want to perform optimally, and reach our full potential, we need to, as an a priori task, create space, before we do anything else. In other words, before people can excel and develop as leaders they need to create space. The book then goes on to explain how you can do this, drawing on real life examples inspired by my work with executives at some of the world’s biggest companies.
As well as examining what I mean by “space” the book addresses how, on a very practical level, people can create the space they need in order to:
The focus of the book is on the corporate leaders who I assess, coach and help develop every day in my work. But it’s insights apply more widely: to leaders in the third sector, more junior managers, entrepreneurs, and, ultimately, anyone trying to get something done in collaboration with others.
I presented the core ideas the book explores (which have changed slightly since) at the 2015 Association of Business Psychology UK Conference in Reading. You can watch a 20 minute video of that presentation here.
While recently undertaking some thinking for an advertising agency I started to develop an idea about an important factor in human motivations. Traditional advertising planning concerns itself, rightly, with the rational and the emotional. But is there a third factor at play? I think there is and that initial concept, outlined in this short presentation has led me to start researching and writing my third book, provisionally entitled “Primal Intelligence – The Secret Ancient Keys to Who You Are and What You Do”.
Have a look at the slides and see what you think. I’ve also started posting relevant articles etc. in my scoop.it magazine Primal Intelligence.