Troubador Stretch

Released: 01/02/2013

eISBN: 9781780886817

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Stretch

Leading Beyond Boundaries

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There are a myriad of different leadership models and approaches, many of which are highly descriptive about the type of personality and qualities you need in order to be an effective leader.

However, recent research shows that successful leaders don’t achieve success in the same way. They have unique strengths, skills and qualities that they draw on to achieve their results. What they do have in common is a true understanding of and an ability to leverage their ‘leadership edge’ – their unique strengths, abilities and skills – to influence and inspire others to achieve extraordinary results.

Effective leadership is also about ‘positive stretch’ – stretching yourself and your team to push the boundaries and achieve the upper range of your collective strengths and capabilities. This is particularly relevant in today’s uncertain and competitive environment and markets, where organisations – private, public and voluntary – are all being challenged to do more with less, work smarter and optimise discretionary effort, ideas and morale of their workforce.

Stretch is written as a fable and follows the journey of a leader with a deficit – or weakness-oriented – mindset, gaining insight and experience about how to lead more effectively through stretching and optimising his own strengths, as well as the strengths of the workforce, to achieve outstanding results. The book’s practical advice and theories are channelled through an accessible work of fiction, rather than an academic text, making the book relevant to a wide audience. Stretch will particularly appeal to business leaders and managers interested in leadership.

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James Brook and Paul Brewerton

James Brook, BA (Hons), MSocSc (Organisational Psychology), MBA, FCIPD

James is co-founder and Director of Strengths Partnership Ltd, a HR consulting firm providing strengths-based leadership development, coaching and talent management solutions. He has around 20 years international experience in leadership development, coaching, organisational change and talent management. For the past 12 years, James has focused on helping organisations identify and translate strengths into innovation, engagement and business success. Recent clients include Facebook, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, PhotoBox, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Royal Bank of Scotland and Tesco. He is a regular speaker on strengths-focused human resources and has contributed a wide range of business and professional publications in the area.

Dr Paul Brewerton, BA (Hons), MA, MSc, PhD, Chartered Occupational Psychologist

Paul is co-founder and Director of Strengths Partnership, a HR consulting firm providing strengths-based leadership development, coaching and talent management solutions. Paul is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Doctorate in Organisational Psychology with over 15 years’ experience in individual, team and organisational development. Paul has worked across a wide variety of sectors; recent clients include Takeda, Tesco, Bank of England, Legal and General, Panasonic, Police Service Northern Ireland, Royal Air Force and many more. In recent years, Paul has dedicated his business activities to helping organisations translate a strengths-focused approach to bottom line business performance.

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