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What are the key attributes of successful leadership?

Posted on: July 12, 2022

Tailored Approaches to Self-Leadership: A Bite-Size Approach Using Psychology and Neuroscience provides a uniquely adaptable approach to develop awareness (of self, others and one's environment) of self-leadership through real behavioural change. Through neuroscience, psychology and behavioural science approaches, each chapter will help readers make their learning and development personal and take it to a deeper level. 

The author - Grant Bosnick - shares a little bit about his book and the key takeaways that you can get from the book. 

  1. What are the key attributes of successful leadership?


I believe that there are 3 kinds of leadership: Self-Leadership (leading yourself); People Leadership (leading people); and Thought Leadership (leading people’s thoughts). And we can think of these as concentric circles, starting with Self-Leadership, then People Leadership, then Thought Leadership. At the centre is “Self-Leadership.” This is the starting point and necessary for both “People Leadership” and “Thought Leadership.” Being able to lead yourself and have executive control of yourself is the key starting point of successful and effective leadership.


  1. Could you please elaborate on the self-tailored approach to developing leadership skills?

There are 18 content chapters in this book, plus the introduction and conclusion. These 18 chapters are like tools for self-leadership. I tried to make the content MECE (mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive), so it is complete without any overlap. Each chapter is stand-alone, bite-size, and can be read in any order. I have also created a “Self-Leadership Assessment” that will offer the reader a suggested order to read the chapters based on the most important concerns and priorities for that person at this moment. It then creates, for the reader, a personal tailor-made choose your own self-leadership venture.


  1. What are the key takeaways from your book?

By having more executive control of our brain, we can then lead ourselves better. Executive control means that, at will, we can control where and how our brain deploys its attention, when and how to calm our mind and how to use the more resource-efficient parts of our brain. As a result, this will help us with the higher-level cognitive and emotional functions like flow, insight, emotion regulation, relationships, presence, change, agility, goals, motivation, influence, empathy, and so on. This book will help you develop such executive control.