'John Adair's most famous leadership ideas are found in his simple Action-Centred Leadership model. This is simply depicted and described as the Three Circles, which in essence are the "Task, Team and the Individual". Adair believes that to be an effective leader or manager, these three concepts must be held in sharp focus. I have provided some information on the model below for you to think about!'
The Three Circles Model provides a great foundation for leadership and team building workshops and the management of any team regardless of its size or make up. Action Centred Leadership is also a simple model, which makes it easy to remember and apply, and to adapt for your own unique situation.
Managers of all levels are effectively business leaders - Adair defines business simply as 'the are in which one is busy.' Business itself is concerned with a core principle - the production of quality products or services at a profit. At the core of this lies the overlapping responsibilities of any leader - Achieving the Task, Motivating and Developing the Individual and finally Building and Maintaining the Team.
All good managers and leaders should have full command of the three main areas of the Action Centred Leadership model, and should be able to use each of the elements according to the situation. Being able to do all of these things, and keep the right balance, gets results, builds morale, improves quality, develops teams and productivity, and is the mark of a successful manager and leader.
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John Adair was born in the UK in 1934 and after serving as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards, devised his Action Centred Leadership model while lecturing in Military History and as an advisor in leadership training at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and as assistant director and head of leadership department at The Industrial Society.
The basis of his theories are the oft quoted works on human needs and motivation by writers such as Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg and Henri Fayol. His main distinction though is his departure from the norm in terms of leadership qualities being a trainable quality as opposed to an innate ability.
In addition to the Action Centred Leadership model, John Adair has written over 40 books on management and leadership, including 'How to Grow Leaders', 'Effective Leadership Development', and '100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership and Management.'
John Adair is now a management consultant and also has his own publishing company. He also maintains links with the University of Surrey, where he was the first UK chair of leadership studies, 1979-83. In 2009, he was appointed Chair of Leadership Studies United Nations System Staff College in Turin.
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