The Financial Times Guide To Leadership: How To Lead Effectively And Get Results by Marianne Abib PechThe Financial Times Guide To Leadership: How To Lead Effectively And Get Results by Marianne Abib Pech

The Financial Times Guide To Leadership: How To Lead Effectively And Get Results

byMarianne Abib Pech

Paperback | January 31, 2013

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The Financial Times Guide to Leadership is a one-stop shop for professionals at every stage of their leadership journey. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking to upgrade your current skills, this practical guide takes you through the core building tools of self-awareness, influence and execution.


With thought-provoking exercises and action points throughout, plus handy chapter summaries for when you need to access information, this book is your roadmap to becoming a better leader. This definitive guide to leadership includes:

  • What good leadership looks like
  • How to build your own leadership style
  • Techniques to lead and influence others
  • How to build and execute your vision

Everything you need to know to become an authentic and dynamic leader.


"My shelves groan under stacks of leadership books. But just a very few stand out as solid gold. The Financial Times Guide to Leadership merits inclusion in that select company. There is simply no excuse for not applying its very practical steps. I'd urge you to start or continue your journey here!"

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence


"Finally, a first-class leadership book that focuses on the 'how' and 'what' as well as the 'why' and 'when'. Full of practical steps to take you to the next level."

Doug Richard, entrepreneur and founder of School for Startups


"Leadership is at the intersection of competence, charisma and the ability to think big for yourself and for others. The Financial Times Guide to Leadership gives you the tools you need to navigate this junction with success." 

Mercedes Erra, Executive President of Havas Worldwide

Marianne Abib-Pech is the Founder of Leaders! a leadership consulting firm operating in Europe and Asia.  She started her own leadership journey in Arthur Andersen and rose from analyst to Global CFO of Shell Aviation, a multi billion turnover business, in the short span of 10 years. She acquired and further honed her leadership skill...
Title:The Financial Times Guide To Leadership: How To Lead Effectively And Get ResultsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:January 31, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0273776029

ISBN - 13:9780273776024

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Table of Contents

About the author

Author’s acknowledgements

Publisher’s acknowledgements



How to use this book



Part 1 What is leadership?



1 A definition of leadership


Leadership in history


The pathways to leadership


The five key things leaders do





2 Leadership today


A fast-changing world


New conundrums … new leaders







Part 2: Finding the leader inside you



3 Building your self-awareness


Finding the keys to your self


Defining your personal leadership style


Creating your own performance card





4 Gaining self-confidence


The three cornerstones of self-esteem


Letting go of your fears




5 Developing your leadership brand


Building a powerful leadership brand


Brand accelerators: charisma and gravitas





Part 3: Leading and influencing – bringing others on the journey



6 Building your credibility as a leader


Mastering career management


Living by your values


Authenticity and remaining true to yourself





7 Leading teams


Building rapport


Motivation and setting objectives – getting the best out of your team


Reward and recognition





8 The art of influence


Stakeholders, group dynamics and you


Building networks and alliances






Part 4: Building and executing your vision – from ideas to results



9 Building your vision


Mission, vision, ideas and strategy: making sense of the melting pot


How to create your vision


Saying what you’ve got to say





10   Cultivating your strategic thinking


From vision to strategy – the translation exercise


The pathway to superior strategic thinking





11   Boosting your execution capabilities



Better personal decision making


Empowerment, accountability and change: the key concepts for delivering through others








The leadership reading list


Appendix 1: Examples of an individual development plan and goals and objectives

Appendix 2: The basics of body language








Editorial Reviews

"I found the book exceptionally readable and easy to relate to personal practice and behaviours. It encourages the reader to ponder and consider possible alternative ways of engaging the team and improving the business. It is a great read and I would recommend it to both new leaders and those with more experience."

Jacqui Mason,  Nursery Management Today