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Real Leaders

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Paperback: 9781912300884     

Ebook: 9781912300891  


Date: 10th November 2022

Extent: 184 pages

Size: 216 x 138mm, portrait

Text: Black and white

Subject: Leadership

Rights available: Worldwide

Real Leaders

A practical guide to the essential qualities of  effective leadership

by Karen Meager and John McLachlan

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What makes an effective leader?

It’s a popular belief that the world of leadership is some mysterious arena where only the strong, fearless and gifted can survive. But this isn’t necessarily true, and it’s certainly not been the experience of Organisational Psychologists Karen Meager and John McLachlan.

In Real Leaders, Karen and John unpack and examine all the psychological and behavioural traits that characterise many great leaders. Through an accessible mix of pragmatic and practical guidance, they demonstrate how to adopt and adapt these common attributes, develop your own, authentic leadership style and – whether you’re an existing or aspiring leader – coach you on how you can elevate your skills and create success.

Eye-opening new research carried out for this fully revised second edition underlines how leaders are, above all, human. They don’t fall into standard leadership stereotypes or a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Using a powerful range of updated concepts and models, it’s now easier than ever for you to evolve and grow as you harness the essential qualities of effective leadership.

About the author

Karen Meager’s work reflects the integration of her clinical qualifications in psychology with practical industry expertise spanning over 20 years. She has an MBA, a MSc in psychology and is a clinically registered psychotherapist and supervisor. She has a particular interest and expertise in leadership and burnout.


John McLachlan spent over 20 years in a variety of senior finance leadership roles including a group FD role in industry and a partner for a professional CA Practice. As an organisational psychologist, he uses a combination of his experience and elements of his MSc in Psychology to support senior leadership teams to gain clarity and focus in a way that is sustainable and relatively easy to implement.

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