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What successful people really do: Part 3

Develop your leadership skills

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This book will give you some valuable and practical ideas to help you develop your skills as a leader.
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Part three will give you some valuable and practical ideas to help you develop your skills as a leader. As in parts one and two, the ideas are based on the peer-reviewed research in psychology, with a sprinkling of advice and examples from the author’s many years of experience leading a successful training organisation. 

You’ll discover different ways of leading and when they are appropriate. There’s a chapter on practical ways of helping others shine - a theme of successful modern leadership. The chapter on making better decisions includes ways of avoiding irrelevant factors and a tool of persuasion that will help you test whether your decisions are sound. 

You will be able to use the ideas in part three as leader of a company, a team, or a community group, even if you don’t yet have a formal leadership role. You can use many of the ideas with your family to enhance your family spirit, make better decisions together and set and achieve goals.

You could read part three alone, but don’t miss out on part one, ‘Managing yourself for success’ and part two, ‘How to have rewarding relationships’.


  1. Effective leadership 
    1. Leading the modern way 
    2. What’s your leadership style? 
    3. What really motivates the people you lead? 
    4. Create the climate 
    5. Healthy climates and motivation 
    6. Leadership in action 
    7. Leading change 
    8. Charismatic leadership 
    9. Leading the quiet, modest way 
  2. Help others shine 
    1. Create a learning climate 
    2. Reject ‘scientific management’ 
    3. Enrich their jobs 
    4. Motivating adults to learn 
    5. Effective learning 
    6. Brainstorming 
    7. Make the learning last 
  3. Make better decisions 
    1. Your brain can lead you astray 
    2. Think like an economist 
    3. Persuasion and decision-making 
    4. Making decisions with your team 
  4. Promoting healthy teams and families 
    1. Promote choices 
    2. Promote optimism 
    3. Healthy ways of handling emotions 
    4. Special issues for teams 
  5. Make your changes last 
    1. Easy does it 
    2. Change your identity 
    3. Setting goals 
    4. Practise – safely 
    5. The skills are vital 

Very useful book, recommend reading it.
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Ralph

Ralph McKechnie Brown

Ralph has a background in psychology, television and business.

He has spoken to conferences and led workshops throughout New Zealand and regularly in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

His special interests are business writing and positive psychology – the science of achieving more at work and in life.

His series ‘What successful people really do’  and ‘The village that could’, ’70 Ways to Thrive at Work’ and ‘Business Writing Made Easy’ are in Bookboon’s Premium collection.

Ralph has recorded an audiobook edition of ‘The Village that Could’ for Bookboon’s audiobook collection (called Tale of Resilience in Challenging Times).

He has written six other books, academic papers on psychology and more than a hundred blogs and articles. One of his reviews of the research on resilience has been workshopped at the London School of Economics. It is one of two of his articles now published in international research journals.

Ralph founded the corporate training company Skillset New Zealand more than 30 years ago and remains a director.