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The Making of a Leader

The Making of a Leader

From polar explorers and politicians to CEOs and sports coaches, we are fascinated with the makeup of leaders.

How do they thrive under pressure and inspire others to do the same? How do they establish a culture of long-term success?

Performance psychologist Tom Young has worked closely with teams and individuals at the highest level of professional sport. He has seen how leaders in these high-pressure environments communicate, how they maintain focus and respond to challenges. In The Making of a Leader, Young shares the practical principles of sustained elite performance and shows how any individual can add value to their own business or organisation by applying these insights.

You will learn how to develop a leadership philosophy that is true to your values, effectively manage and get results from individuals and teams, establish a high-performance culture and bring value to your organisation – in short, the ingredients that make a leader. These lessons are based on interviews with:

Stuart Lancaster, current Leinster coach and former Head Coach of the England national RFU team
Ashley Giles, ECB Director of Cricket during England’s 2019 World Cup win
Gary Kirsten, record-breaking former international batsman and World Cup-winning coach of the Indian national team
Dan Quinn, Head Coach of Atlanta Falcons and a Super Bowl winner with Seattle Seahawks
Roberto Martinez, FA Cup-winner and Belgian national team manager
Sean Dyche, Burnley FC manager
Michael Maguire, Head Coach of the New Zealand national rugby league team

The Making of a Leader is a unique, inspiring guide to leadership that can inspire positive results in any context, based on interviews and experiences from the cutting edge of elite sport.



‘Offers fascinating insight into man management and the attributes needed to be an effective leader, which is incredibly useful and relevant to me ahead of captaining the 2020 European Ryder Cup team’ – Pádraig Harrington, three-time Major champion and captain of the 2020 European Ryder Cup team

‘Although elite athletes understand the keys to excellence, you rarely have the chance to get inside their heads. You’re in luck: Tom Young has solved that problem. As a performance psychologist, he’s worked closely with some of the world’s best in both individual and team sports. In this fascinating book, he shares his rich experiences and his keen insights on the science – and the practice – of achieving and sustaining success’ – Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife

‘I am always looking to learn from other sports and this book gives a unique insight into what it takes to navigate the challenges of high performance’ – Tommy Fleetwood, professional golfer

‘This book shows that in the world of professional sport these proven and renowned leaders all have their own rules of strategy, which have brought continued success and recognition’ – Alastair Campbell, bestselling author, strategist, broadcaster and lifelong fan of Burnley FC

‘Full of important lessons that you learn as a leader in sport that are as applicable to business environments as they are to elite sports’ – Sir Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby and former England and British & Irish Lions captain

‘The Making of a Leader provides a unique insight into the inner workings of established leaders’ minds. Well worth a read to gain useful leadership intel’ – Rebecca Symes, sports psychologist, The FA and England Lionesses

‘If you want to be a leader or become a better leader, man or woman, in sport or any other sector, this book is for you’ – Professor Andy Hargreaves, Professor Emeritus, Boston College and author of Uplifting Leadership
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Genre: Economics, Finance, Business & Management

On Sale: 30th July 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781472145079

Reviews

I am always looking to learn from other sports and this book gives a unique insight into what it takes to navigate the challenges of high performance
<b>Tommy Fleetwood, professional golfer</b>
Grounded in academic research, The Making of a Leader gives an authentic view of leadership, as seen through the eyes of those who do it
<b>Dr Martin Eubank, Liverpool John Moores University</b>
A global account of what it takes to lead in elite sport: culture, relationships and resilience
<b>Mike Forde, executive chairman, Sportsology, and former director of football operations, Chelsea FC</b>
His first-hand experience inside the minds of elite sportspeople makes Tom a compelling storyteller and speaker. It is his humility and ability to turn that experience into relevant and applicable learnings to workplace leadership, at all levels, that make him unique
<b>Simon Potts, CEO, The Alchemist</b>
Sport, and especially golf, has so many elite, standout individual performers, but the key to building a winning team is understanding each individual within it. This book offers fascinating insight into man management and the attributes needed to be an effective leader, which is incredibly useful and relevant to me ahead of captaining the 2020 European Ryder Cup team
<b>Pádraig Harrington, three-time Major champion and captain of the 2020 European Ryder Cup team</b>
There is no such thing as a single "recipe for success" . . . yet this book shows that in the world of professional sport these proven and renowned leaders all have their own rules of strategy, which have brought continued success and recognition. Especially, of course, Sean Dyche of Burnley FC!
<b>Alastair Campbell, bestselling author, strategist, communicator and lifelong fan of Burnley FC</b>
The business world can take valuable lessons from top sporting organisations. This book pulls together the experiences of acclaimed sports coaches, and highlights strategies that are applicable across industry
<b>Barry McNeill, CEO Sportsology and former Group COO of Catapult Sports</b>
Full of important lessons that you learn as a leader in sport that are as applicable to business environments as they are to elite sports
<b>Sir Bill Beaumont, chairman of World Rugby and former England and British & Irish Lions captain</b>
Drawing on rich narratives of proven leaders in elite sports like rugby, soccer and NFL, this engaging book steers clear of the jargon and the buzzwords to leave readers with compelling lessons for their own leadership at the end of every chapter. If you want to be a leader or become a better leader, man or woman, in sport or any other sector, this book is for you
<b>Professor Andy Hargreaves, Professor Emeritus, Boston College and author of <i>Uplifting Leadership</i></b>
The Making of a Leader provides a unique insight into the inner workings of established leaders' minds. Young draws common methods together while also allowing room for distinct individual approaches and opinions to come through . . . Well worth a read to gain useful leadership intel
<b>Rebecca Symes, senior performance psychologist, the FA</b>
To bring out the best in a player who will always put the team first takes a unique skillset. This book highlights how seven different leaders understand and develop their people to do just that
<b>Andrew Trimble, CEO of Kairos, and former Ireland and Ulster rugby union player</b>
I have been part of some special teams and this book gives an honest and authentic account of leadership at the highest level. Young writes with clarity and precision about what it takes to succeed as a leader
<b>Isa Nacewa, former Leinster Rugby captain</b>
A great insight into how leaders help shape and nurture high performance environments. Full of relevant lessons for any current or aspiring leader
<b>Heather Knight OBE, captain of the England women's cricket team</b>
Tales from the trenches. Engaging, insightful and above all authentic
<b>Michael Calvin, award-winning sportswriter and <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author</b>
Packed full of real-life experiences and strategies, a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills
<b>Blake Wooster, co-founder and CEO, 21st Club and 15th Club</b>
Compelling, relevant and honest. A real account of what it takes to lead in team environments. I enjoyed reflecting on what was a brilliant part of my career at Burnley
<b>Joey Barton, manager of Fleetwood Town FC</b>
Although elite athletes understand the keys to excellence, you rarely have the chance to get inside their heads. You're in luck: Tom Young has solved that problem. As a performance psychologist, he's worked closely with some of the world's best in both individual and team sports. In this fascinating book, he shares his rich experiences and his keen insights on the science - and the practice - of achieving and sustaining success
<b>Adam Grant, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Originals</i> and <i>Give and Take</i>, and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife</b>
A valuable addition to the high performance literature. Read it
<b>James Kerr, bestselling author of <i>Legacy</i></b>
The Making of a Leader is an invaluable trove of leadership wisdom. Drawing on interviews with seven coaches at the peak of their profession, it explains not only what a great leader is but how you can make yourself into one
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