Virtues and Vices eBook
In this ebook Pete Ashby, Director of asaleader.com, profiles seven sets of leadership behaviours exhibited by exceptional leaders across a spectrum from virtues to vices. Virtues and Vices of Exceptional Leaders is available as a PDF download optimised for reading on laptops, iPads, tablets and smartphones. It can also be printed if you wish.
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In this first video Pete talks about two of these sets of leadership behaviours:
- from the virtues of the loner to the vices of the excluder
- from the virtues of the leader who “does conflict” to the vices of the leader who avoids it.
In this second video Pete talks about two more sets of leadership behaviours:
- from the virtues of the controller to the vices of the figurehead
- from the virtues of the leader who creates a single Executive team to the vices of one who works in silos.
Seven sets of behaviours exhibited by exceptional leaders, profiling their virtues and vices across a spectrum of behaviours.
The Magazine Review
In Virtues and Vices, Pete Ashby takes us on an intriguing journey of discovery. He contends that if we are to aspire to become exceptional leaders – in whatever sphere we are in – we need to be careful. We need to be able to keep our behaviours in check, to ensure that we don’t waiver and allow our vices to invade our virtuous space. Pete illustrates how it is so easy to set your sights on being a virtuous leader but not be aware of the fact that you are slipping and letting some of your vices show through. Exceptional leaders can easily sway from a virtue to a vice and back again, rather quickly, without even knowing it.
Additional challenges are faced by leaders who behave in this way. The people with whom they surround themselves are not sure how to deal with this fluctuating behaviour and will often not challenge the leader, due to preconceived notions or due to the way that the leader has allowed a hierarchical structure to develop. Pete further contends that the people who work most closely with you may simply “dance” around you, telling you what they think you want to hear.
Strong leaders do not simply guess what impact they are having on others, they draw people out carefully and often informally, so that they get the face to face feedback that is in itself vital for the ongoing strength of the organisation.
Intriguing thoughts. This e-book is certain to make business leaders everywhere pause in their tracks and reassess their own behaviours.
The Paperless Entrepreneur Magazine.
Pete has managed to articulate afresh a range of key leadership behaviours
“I would recommend this powerful work not just to anyone who wants to be a CEO but also to any CEO who wants a valuable tool to understand themselves and their effectiveness as a leader. I work with a wide range of Chief Executives and have been a CEO for 13 years. I wasn’t sure that I would find anything new in this, but Pete has managed to articulate afresh a range of key leadership behaviours that aren’t immediately obvious and demonstrate how much of an impact they have on the performance of top leaders.”
Lynne Sedgmore, CBE, Executive Director of the 157 Group of Further Education colleges
This book is sharp, full of good ideas and quite tough in places
“With each chapter of this book I could picture a different CEO I have worked with at different stages in my career. Pete Ashby captures them brilliantly! This book is sharp, full of good ideas and quite tough in places – and I read it from beginning to end in one go.”
Paul Ashley, Managing Director, Brigantia Partners plc
Virtues and Vices