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Attention! Lessons on leadership from the US Army

While writing my own book “Space: how small leaders become big leaders” 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.

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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.

Space – How Leaders Grow

I am very excited to be devoting some serious time over the next few months to working on my latest book “Space – How Leaders Grow“.

It is inspired by my work at global leadership consultants  YSC. The book makes three key arguments. First, in order to achieve our best we need to create space in order to think, relate 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.

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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:

  • Think
  • Feel
  • Relate
  • Do
  • Be

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Even more fundamentally it outlines the foundations that underpin work on each and any of the above areas:

  • Setting your personal strategy
  • Adopting the Space Mindset
  • Becoming as efficient as possible

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.

It contains 5 “coaching stories” including those of “Tom, the manager made of glass”, “Siobhan, whose heart belonged to a combine harvester” and “Jonathan, the executive who never asked about the dogs”. There are dozens more vignettes inspired from actual but anonymised/adapted coaching sessions, and I also include the key diagrammatic models that I regularly use in conversation with business leaders that offer simple practical help to anyone looking to create more space for themselves, their ideas and their work.

Update November 2015

I presented the core ideas the book explores at the 2015 Association of Business Psychology UK Conference in Reading. You can watch a 20 minute video of that presentation here.

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The book will be published in 2016. If you have any thoughts about this topic, please tweet me @derekdraper.

Is there a third, hidden, factor in human motivation?

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.

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