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John Knights unveils the elephant

The Invisible Elephant and the Pyramid Treasure publication launched at CMS Cameron McKenna is backed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Tata, Korn Ferry and published by Tomorrow's Company.

It describes a new way to develop a leader that is appropriate for these times and our future.

John Knights says:

I have become so frustrated reading just some of the myriad of very positively critiqued books on leadership that only tell you WHAT the author thinks good leadership is and WHAT you need to do differently to become a great leader. I want to focus on the really interesting part – and the most difficult part – HOW to become an excellent leader. That is: What do I need to do differently myself to become a better leader?



Unfortunately, most people are promoted to leadership roles for reasons that have nothing to do with the likelihood that they can actually lead. It may be that they have a lot of experience in the organisation, or they may be the best bottle-washer, or have the loudest voice, or be very political, or are believed to have a ‘safe pair of hands’. Whether any of these promoted people actually turn out to be really good leaders seems to be fairly random. If only these souls who are chosen, or doing the choosing, would realise that learning a few specific behaviours could make all the difference between success and failure, we might have a far greater number of happier followers and many more effective organisations.

Why do we get leaders of major organisations that usually only last for two to three years? It is because they are spending that time ego-based, feathering their nests and it takes that long for the shareholders and non-executive directors to understand it and do something about it –although the NEDs and shareholders are also implicated in the way they allow compensation packages to be structured.

What most leaders don’t get is that the key to great leadership is not how they change an organisation or how they change how other people work more effectively, it is about how they change THEMSELVES. The necessary first step to become a great leader is learning HOW to develop new more effective behaviours and the second is learning HOW to keep your values in full consciousness when you make decisions. And then that actually putting this learning into practice – is the rest of your life.

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