Leadership expert, Alicia Mckay believes that leaders are made, not born. But they are not made in the lecture halls and seminar rooms; you don't need an MBA to be an effective leader.
They need to get smart, be strategic about the next step and expand their range, to face a complex and uncertain future. They need paradox: clear values and open minds, high performance and meaningful space, dedication to detail and big picture perspective. They need to ask different questions, design different options and most of all, they need to do that with others on the same journey.
You Don't Need an MBA demystifies the skills leaders of the future need and epitomises the brave new world of leadership; united leadership that focuses on real outcomes, not quick-fixes. Alicia McKay draws on the latest global thinking on leadership and outlines a way forward, in plain English and with actionable steps.
Alicia McKay is a leading voice in strategy, change and leadership. Alicia cuts through the jargon and strikes to the heart of strategy: making smart decisions to do great stuff. Teams and leaders across New Zealand and Australia look to Alicia for strategic leadership expertise. Alicia lifts capability where it counts, unleashing motivated leaders with the skills to have an immediate, meaningful impact.
Working with the top tiers of government, leaders value Alicia for her sharp insight, deep expertise and straight talk. Speaker, author, mentor, consultant, broadcaster, public figure, facilitator, trainer and coach, Alicia's thinking epitomises the 'New Zealand way' of strong leadership.
Professionally, Alicia is a highly accredited strategy facilitator, communicator and change expert. Personally, Alicia is a champion for brave leadership, driven by her passion for public impact.
Alicia is amassing an enthusiastic public and private sector following for her innovative approach to change and leadership. Direct and energetic, Alicia is a popular speaker and broadcaster, regularly addressing audiences across New Zealand and Australia.
Prereading: Watch your language 11
MODULE 1: FLEXIBILITY
Lesson 1: Strategic leaders are stretchy 23
Lesson 2: You can't work with what you can't see 29
Lesson 3: The only thing you control is you 37
Lesson 4: Everything's f...raught - and that's fine 47
Flexibility cheat sheet 54
MODULE 2: DECISIONS
Lesson 5: Bring thinking back in-house 59
Lesson 6: Travel through time 63
Lesson 7: Thinking is a team sport 77
Lesson 8: Decisions are like babies 91
Decisions cheat sheet 96
MODULE 3: SYSTEMS
Lesson 9: Heroes beat the odds, but systems change them 101
Lesson 10: Don't solve problems, dissolve them 119
Lesson 11: Put your money where your mouth is 131
Systems cheat sheet 140
MODULE 4: PERFORMANCE
Lesson 12: We're all imposters 145
Lesson 13: Campervans are everywhere 161
Lesson 14: This game isn't for amateurs 173
Performance cheat sheet 187
MODULE 5: INFLUENCE
Lesson 15: Leaders need followers 193
Lesson 16: Nurture your network 207
Influence cheat sheet 220
Where to from here? 223
About the author 229
What I'm reading 231