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How to Lead

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Paperback, 310 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sharon Butler
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most of us over the years, I have been fortunate enough to have had access to a multitude of leadership, management and business related literature.

The one thing I struggled with, in trying to apply the advice contained within the literature to my real life roles, were that the authors always seemed to assume everyone played by the rules. In these books there bizarrely appeared no private agenda's that could bring a department or organisation to its knees, if not dealt with. It became clea
Anne Merrill
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is refreshingly dense, compared to the lightweight, self-help feel of so many business books. I’m keeping it so I can reread it at some point. His approach to emotions was interesting and challenging for me. He advocates keeping your emotions to yourself, refining your skills at figuring out the emotions driving others, and scripting your communications to maximize impact. It struck me as such a manipulative, inauthentic way to behave. I put the book down for a little while in disgust ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen's "How to Manage" is perhaps one of my favorite business/management books. "How to Lead" doesn't quite stack up. Much of it is recycled or somewhat expanded material from "How to Manage" and what's new feels disappointingly shallow. Nonetheless, this is a good primer for the practically minded middle-manager looking to stretch themselves beyond the realm of simply driving a team to meet expectations and into the domain of a true leader. This isn't the only book on leadership you'll ever nee ...more
Helen Wilson
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked the short sharp chapters in this
Book and although I read it through it could be picked up anywhere for the most useful bits to yourself.

Some good advice and case studies included. My concern - will I remember any of this is in a few weeks time? Not sure. Perhaps because it's a surface scim on several areas rather than an in-depth view.

Zoffix Znet
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
Really good book that gives out practical advice for three groups of leaders: beginners, middle managers, and leaders at the top. Each requires different types of behaviours, values, and skills.

The writing quality is particularly excellent. The book's 300 pages, but felt like 120. Easy to read and captivating.
Laura McGuinness
Dec 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not a riveting cover to cover read - but I find it a help reference book for dealing with situations at work. Jo is clearly highly experienced and has had access to a plethora of leaders and styles. It’s really helpful to have his thoughts and experiences recorded and shared to learn from.
Florina Filote
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful and explicit
Hayder Al Mukhtar
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably it will be useful for leadership in job
Amal Yahia
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
3.5 stars: candid, grounded and easy to read and digest. Some memorable pieces, mostly good writing and editing. Has a clear Anglo-American perspective that needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Colin Steele
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A handy pick up guide that you can use as a reference book. From it I was able to list a host of philosophical questions which I sat and answered with a glass of wine one evening. It has helped ground me and understand where I sit, and more importantly what it is I should change to move forward. I'll read this more than once. ...more
Mohammed Khaled
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. I am a first line manager. Reading this book made me see what I need to do to improve my game and excel in my career while at the same time motivate and lead my team and colleagues to get the job done. This is the first career/management book that I have actually learned from rather than just read. I have quoted from it to others in many different circumstances and will revisit it time and again. It really does have everything. The language is just at the right level and when somethin ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
easily the best business book i have read in my life. this is perfect if you are setting off or in the middle stages of working in a professional office based environment. if you are reading and learning from it at the latter stage in your career itrs perhaps too late to take in and make the changes the book recommends. the book is split into three sections which caters for the beginner, someonein middle mamanegent and then the partner director level people. it doesnt bore you with acronyms or m ...more
Egle Kristensen
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book as a part of course for work. I enjoyed the first part of the book the best, maybe because it was most relevant, or maybe because it was the least abstract. In the first part - leading from the bottom - there were great advice, like bringing not only the problem on the table, but a solution as well etc. The second part - leading from the middle - consisted of very many abbreviations (3 P's, 5 O's, 27 B's etc....). And the third part - leading from the top- talked about diff ...more
Shamis Akhtar
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
A very useful and practical guide that breaks down the common qualities in leaders. It provides clear and simple ideas to implement into your life to help you advance in any stage of leadership, emerging,middle management and senior levels. After completing my studies I will be implementing some great techniques that i have picked up from this guide especially on the qualities of emerging leaders that distinguish them from the rest, majority of them perhaps not in my early years but definitely i ...more
Leader Summaries
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Cómo liderar, de Jo Owen.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: liderazgo, características de un buen líder.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Cómo liderar, Habilidades necesarias para gestionar, liderar y tener éxito: Cómo liderar
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Management book of the Year? I think so. How many of those have I read chuckling out loud over the common sense observations about working life? I'll definitely be re-reading this in the years to come, whenever I think I'm struggling with motivating the team, or being positive, or wondering about leadership. This book, more than anything I've read, inspired in me a feeling that I might want to lead instead of follow. ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in very clear and concise language, this book is a must for aspiring leaders.
It's full of practical tips and advice, often accompanied with an anecdote.
It covers the essentials superbly, including how to speak, read and write.
This is one of the few business books that is jargon-free and doesn't pretend to explain leadership with a simplistic theory.
Tyson Hartnett
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good, lots of details of "theory" vs "practice". In reality many times the theory of a thing is the complete opposite of the real world of it. That's why MBA's who have a brain full of knowledge in a book is the most annoying thing ever, and the person who has actually lived it is much more intelligent about something ...more
Feb 11, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably, the vital parts of this book reminds me about the 3 levels of Leaderships which the middle level and the highest level of leadership, made me understand and prepare beforehand in making connections and managing the politics in organization.
Joakim Ejenstam
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read book on leadership styles and different perspectives on leadership. A bit focused on traditional leadership where boss == leader and not so much on informal leadership. Covers areas of visionary aspects, people aspects and productivity aspects.
Andrius Zygmanta
Really good book about leadership. Author persuasively demystify myths about leadership and helps to build healthy understanding about what what it really takes to lead people by providing guidance and practical tools.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good bits, her and there.
Netlight Consulting
Great book! Especially the start.
Mohammad alshawan
Levent Bayindir
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Don't waste your time and money with this book. ...more
Andrew Cherrie
I enjoyed it. Punchy, lots of bullet point driven sections so easy to grab and understand what's being explained. Only negative is that it's almost too much in one book. ...more
Richard O'Brien
A very handy and useful guide which can be applied to differing aspects of my profession.

I will be definitely be keeping this on the bookshelf for future reference.
Abigail Lauren
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Jo is the first person to be awarded the CMI gold medal three times, for Mindset of Success; How to Manage and Leadership Skills Handbook.

He practices what he preaches as a leader: he has started seven NGOs with a collective turnover above $100million annually. He was a partner at Accenture; he started a bank, was sued for $12 billion and was the best nappy (diaper) salesman in Birmingham.

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