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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?

Every successful leader 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 authors


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-recognized and respected education thought leaders.  She is a long-standing columnist at the Guardian, considered one of the world's best newspapers, and the first editor of Schools Week.  McInerney is admired for her straight-talking, fierce commentary, and is an accomplished public speaker, trainer, and writer.  She delivers dozens of 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.