is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership
and leadership development. Over a million managers
worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership
programmes he pioneered.
John has had a colourful early career.
He served as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards
in Egypt, and then became the only national serviceman
to serve in the Arab Legion, where he became adjutant
of a Bedouin regiment. After national service he qualified
as a deckhand in Hull and worked on an arctic trawler
in Iceland waters. He then worked as a hospital orderly
in the operating theatre of a hospital.
After being senior lecturer in military
history and adviser in leadership training at the Royal
Military Academy Sandhurst, and Associate Director of
The Industrial Society, in 1979 John became the world’s
first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University
1981 and 1986 John worked with Sir John Harvey-Jones
at ICI introducing a leadership development strategy
that helped to change the loss-making, bureaucratic
giant into the first British company to make a billion
John has written over 40 books, translated
into many languages. Recent titles include 'How to Grow
Leaders' and 'Effective Leadership Development'. Apart
from being an author he is also a teacher and consultant.
From St Paul’s School he won
a scholarship to Cambridge University. John holds the
higher degrees of Master of Letters from Oxford University
and Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College London,
and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Recently the People’s Republic of China awarded
him the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of
his 'outstanding research and contribution in the field
In 2009, John was appointed Chair
of Leadership Studies United Nations System Staff College