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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Authentic Leader

ISBN 9781137472670
Publication Date October 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Neil Thompson provides a fresh, unique perspective on leadership skills. The Authentic Leader highlights problems with existing approaches and makes a case for a human centred-approach. It will enrich understanding of good leadership by demonstrating the importance of authenticity in empowering and leading others.

Neil Thompson is a highly respected writer, teacher and adviser, with over 36 years' experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, and is now a sought-after trainer, consultant and conference speaker. He runs the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community for people professionals. His website and blog are at www.neilthompson.info. A free subscription to his humansolutions newsletter is available from: http://www.humansolutions.org.uk/bulletin.

PART I: LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT 1. Problems with Leadership Theory
2. Problems with Leadership Practice
3. Leadership in Social Context
PART II: EXISTENTIAL AUTHENTICITY 4. Authenticity and its Importance
5. Understanding Human Existence: Ontology
6. The Role of Meaning: Phenomenology
8. Existentialism in Practice
9. Authentic Leadership


Once again Neil Thompson succeeds in blending theory and practice in producing a book that offers important insights for leaders and for leadership.' - Professor Cecilia Chan, University of Hong Kong
'This book provokes a refreshing reconsideration of one's leadership skills through a compelling exploration of existentialism. It unsettles the taken for granted in guiding the reader towards an authentic, engaged and distinctly human form of practice. It is truly a must have text for all in leadership roles, as well as those aspiring to leadership.' - Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, Deputy Dean, RMIT University, Australia
'Only Neil Thompson could set about writing a book with so many long words in the chapter titles and yet make it both readable and inspiring. Anyone in a leadership role is constantly looked to by others to provide energy and new ideas, but has to find his or her own way of recharging mental batteries. This book is certainly worth 'plugging into' for just this purpose.' - Emeritus Professor Audrey Mullender, University of Warwick
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