Book Review: Step Up

Emma De Vita reviews the new book by Henry Evans and Colm Foster, which offers advice on showing your colleagues that you are management material

Step Up by Henry Evans and Colm Foster
Step Up by Henry Evans and Colm Foster

Have you always fancied yourself as a leader but never had the opportunity to test your mettle? Did you know that there are six work moments you can take advantage of to prove to your peers that you are ideal boss material? These six situations, according to the authors and coaches Henry Evans and Colm Foster, include Get Angry, Not Stupid, Decide Already! and Leverage Pessimism.

Perhaps the most interesting one for supposedly non-confrontational Brits is Avoid Terminal Politeness. It's time to stop minding our p's and q's, argue Evans and Foster, and to embrace "constructive conflict". Leadership opportunities arise when people are being so polite that serious issues never come to the surface.

As an aspirant leader, you must start those conversations that others are striving to avoid. Why? Because conflict makes friction, which in turn sparks creativity. If there is an issue that needs airing, ask everyone to give their ideas, but ensure that you have a good devil's advocate to present challenges to their suggestions. Give your opinion last. Then encourage a conversation that picks apart the idea but steers well clear of making the attack personal. Pull this off, and people will regard you as a brave and true leader.

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