Book review: Grounded

Emma De Vita reviews the book by Bob Rosen

Grounded, by Bob Rosen
Grounded, by Bob Rosen

How do you keep your head when other managers are losing theirs? Confronted by changing circumstances and a gloomy outlook, many of today's leaders find themselves ill-equipped to manage the hazards they face: so argues Bob Rosen, an adviser to chief executives and an organisational psychologist.

He has done his homework, interviewing hundreds of leaders of organisations in 45 countries about six aspects of the way they choose to lead - their emotional, intellectual, social, physical, vocational and spiritual health. The aim is to discover a more human and sustainable model for leadership.

The emphasis is on becoming 'healthy' in all these personal aspects, so you are in tip-top leadership shape. "Who you are as a healthy person is the most powerful driver of your success at the job," writes Rosen. Leadership cannot be taught, he says, but it can be learned, which is a subtle difference.

"Leadership is rooted in your self-awareness and personal development: the responsibility is yours to take what you see, think, feel and make something of it inside yourself," he writes. You need to keep yourself fit, physically and emotionally, and let go of those negative habits. Mr Motivator - watch out!

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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