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Leading Out of Who You are


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1 Undefended history makersThe Defended Leader2 The hostile world of the leader3 Strategies of defence (1) - front and back stage4 Strategies of defence (2) - power5 Strategies of defence (3) - controlThe Roots of the Defended Self6 Our experience of trust7 Our response to trust8 The Shaping leadership ego - over-confidence and paternalism9 The Definingh leadership ego - drivenness and ambition10 The Adapting leadership ego - anxiety and over-responsibility11 The Defending leadership ego - suspicion and over-sensitivityThe Secret of the Undefended Leader12 Freedom to fail13 The formation of moral authority14 Cultivating our ability to receive15 The leader as host16 Setting undefended goals

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Simon Walker teaches Leadership at Oxford University. He runs courses for social leaders, within the corporate, educational and not-for-profit sectors, around the country. He also heads up The Leadership Community, an international network of social leaders committed to undefended leadership.


"Simon Walker's book Undefended Leader, alongside his course, has helped me understand myself better, and helped me understand my impact on others. It has helped frame some vital questions about how I can use my life and work in a more effective way. For that, I am profoundly grateful."Revd Ric Thorpe, St Paul's Shadwell, London

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