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The Impostor Leaders
Lessons on How Not to Lead

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ISBN 9780367649739
March 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Taking a novel approach to the subject of leadership, this book uses its dark side as a vehicle to highlight some important leadership lessons, helping all managers to reflect on their own performance.

The Impostor Leaders clarifies what is meant by genuine leadership, focusing on the fact that leading and managing go hand in hand. Based on this ability to consistently combine the leadership and management roles, this book describes in details and practical terms, using real-world examples, the range of good and bad leader-types seen in organizations today. The Leadership Wheel is also introduced as a conceptual framework to isolate eight types of leaders, across four categories.

Appealing to leaders and managers across industry sectors, this book’s substantial analysis of bad leadership gives readers a tangible framework against which to consider their own capabilities.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Keep it Simple, Stupid.; Chapter 1 – Leadership in Context; A Basic Equation of Work; A Tiresome Debate; Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane…? No, it is a Manaleader; What Employees Want; Planets Apart; Summary; Chapter 2 – The Many Faces of Leadership; Engage to Achieve – The Missing Link; What is Employee Engagement?; Drivers of Engagement; Introducing the Leadership Wheel; Genuine Leaders; Nearly Leaders; Deflating Impostors; Toxic Impostors; The Best Leaders are made of the ‘Right Stuff’; Summary; Chapter 3 – The True Face of Leadership; Genuine Leaders are the elite; Nurturers; Stars; The Nearly Leaders; Befrienders; False Prophets; Summary; Chapter 4 – A Darker Side to Leadership; The Deflating Impostors; Damp Squibs; Dark Clouds; Summary; Chapter 5 – When Leaders Go Bad; The Toxic Impostors; Egotists; Bullies; Bullies Poison the Atmosphere; Summary; Chapter 6 – Blinded by How They Think; Self-Awareness Wins Every Time; Opening the Window to Self; Mindset Matters; Self-Incarceration; Summary; Chapter 7 – Constrained by Who They Are; Characteristically Good; Characteristics That Support Engagement; Assertive and Self-Controlled ; Relationship and Team orientated; Values Driven and Integrity; Passionate and Enthusiastic; Characteristics That Support Achievement; Goal Orientation and Results Focused; Self-Motivated and Determined; Competent and Intelligent; Creative and Innovative; Summary; Chapter 8 – Exposed by What They Do; What We Have Here Is … Failure to Communicate; Quality Over Quantity; It Ain’t What They Say, It’s How They Say It; One Size Leadership Style Does Not Fit All; Three leadership styles; Summary; Conclusion - Never Stand Still; Looking to The Future

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Enda Larkin is an entrepreneur, manager, and consultant with over 30 years international experience across multiple business sectors. He is author of five management books and his first novel, Into the Fire, was published in 2020. Follow him at