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The Leadership Factor: The seven characteristics of exceptional leaders

The Leadership Factor: The seven characteristics of exceptional leaders

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Some leaders just have 'it.' They walk into a room and you know they are in charge. But how? What sort of person is so inspirational that even when the chips are down they make their team feel like the strongest warriors, ready and willing to march over the hill into battle?

Drew Povey is one of the UK's most influential leadership authorities. Over decades working with leaders in education, the police, the National Health service, elite-level sport and international businesses, he has developed a unique multi-sector viewpoint - and a universal model for becoming an authoritative, dynamic and brave leader.

Every successful CEO, world-beating sports captain and inspirational teacher exhibits the same characteristics: the 7Cs that together create the Leadership `it' Factor - curiosity, change-ability, charisma, connection, confidence, collaboration and courage.

Taking each attribute in turn, Drew explains its necessity and guides the reader with steps and exercises to master it. With countless concise case studies from the worlds of business, education and global politics - some famous; some not so famous; many notorious - Drew draws lessons, guides development and paves the path to great leadership.

About the author

Drew Povey is experienced in a cross-section of industries. He has compelling knowledge of leading sustainable change and is a much sought-after speaker at conferences and leadership events, both nationally and internationally, on the concept of multi-sector approaches to leadership.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FILM).

Laura McInerney is one of the UK's most-recognised education journalists. A long-standing Guardian education columnist and the first editor of the award-winning Schools Week newspaper, she has a reputation for straight-talking, fierce commentary. She is an accomplished public speaker, trainer, and writer. She delivers around 25 keynote speeches per year on a range of topics including: bravery in challenging moments; the secret lives of teachers; the lessons of great education secretaries; and the future of education.