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Adair, John Eric locked


Born Luton 18 May 1934; s of Robin and Dorothy Adair; m 1977, Thea Talbot; two s one d

author and teacher of leadership


St Paul’s Sch.; Hull Nautical Coll. (qualified Arctic trawler deckhand 1955); Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BA 1959); Univ. of London (PhD 1966); Jesus Coll., Oxford (BLitt 1971). FRHistS 1966


National Service: 2nd Lt Scots Guards and Adjutant 9 Regt Arab Legion, 1953–55. Arctic trawler deckhand, 1955. Sen. Lectr, RMA Sandhurst, 1961–67; Hon. Dir of Studies, St George’s House, Windsor Castle, 1968; Asst Dir and Hd, Leadership Dept, 1969–71, Associate Dir, 1972–75, Industrial Soc.; Prof. of Leadership Studies, Univ. of Surrey, 1979–84. Vis. Prof., Univ. of Exeter, 1990–2000; Hon. Prof. of Leadership, China Exec. Leadership Acad., Pudong, 2006–; Chair, Strategic Leadership Studies, UN System Staff Coll., 2009–. Pres., John Hampden Soc., 1992–. Fellow, Windsor Leadership Trust, 2001–


Hastings to Culloden: battles of Britain (with Peter Young), 1964, 4th edn 2009; Training for Leadership, 1968; Training for Decisions, 1969; Roundhead General: the life of Sir William Waller, 1969, 2nd edn 1997; Cheriton 1644: the campaign and the battle, 1973; Training for Communication, 1973; Action Centred Leadership, 1973; Management and Morality: the problems and opportunities of social capitalism, 1974; A Life of John Hampden The Patriot 1594–1643, 1976; The Becoming Church, 1976; The Pilgrims’ Way: shrines and saints in Britain and Ireland, 1978; The Royal Palaces of Britain, 1981; Founding Fathers: the Puritans in England and America, 1982, 2nd edn 1998; By the Sword Divided: eyewitness accounts of the English Civil War, 1983, 2nd edn 1998; Effective Leadership, 1983, 2nd edn 2009; Effective Decision-Making, 1985, 2nd edn 2009; Effective Teambuilding, 1986, 2nd edn 2009; How to Manage Your Time, 1987, 3rd edn as Effective Time Management, 2009; No Bosses But Leaders, 1987, 3rd edn 2003; Developing Leaders, 1988; Great Leaders, 1989, 2nd edn as Inspiring Leadership, 2002; Understanding Motivation, 1990, 2nd edn as Leadership and Motivation, 2006; The Challenge of Innovation, 1990, 2nd edn as Leadership for Innovation, 1990; The Art of Creative Thinking, 1990, 2nd edn 2007; Effective Innovation, 1994, 2nd edn 2009; Effective Motivation, 1996, 2nd edn 2009; Leadership Skills, 1996, 2nd edn as Develop Your Leadership Skills, 2007; Effective Communication, 1997, 2nd edn 2009; Decision Making and Problem Solving, 1997, 2nd edn as Decision Making and Problem Solving Strategies; How to Find Your Vocation, 2000; The Leadership of Jesus, 2001; Effective Strategic Leadership, 2002, 2nd edn 2010; The Inspirational Leader, 2003; How to Grow Leaders, 2005; Effective Leadership Development, 2006; The Leadership of Muhammad, 2010; Lexicon of Leadership, 2011; John Adair’s 100 Greatest Ideas (series), 2011; Confucius on Leadership, 2013


English countryside, sketching, reading


Westbury Manor, Compton, Guildford GU3 1EE

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