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“Having worked with Drew on a range of different projects,
I always find myself energised by his positive approach to business, leadership and life in general. I have no doubt this book will instill that same positive energy for its readers”.

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Some leaders just have ‘it’. They walk into a room and you know that they are in charge. But how?

What sort of person is so inspirational, that even when the chips are down they make their team feel like the strongest warriors, ready and willing to march over the hill into battle?

Every successful CEO, world-beating sports captain and inspirational teacher exhibits the same characteristics: the 7Cs that together create the Leadership `it’ Factor; Curiosity, Change-ability, Charisma, Connection, Confidence, Collaboration and Courage. Taking each attribute in turn, Drew explains its necessity, and then guides the reader with steps and exercises on how to master it. With countless concise case studies from the world of business, education and global politics – some famous; some not so famous; many notorious – Drew draws lessons, guides development and paves the path to great leadership.

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Drew discusses his journey into education from the very beginning, as a young 4 year old boy starting school, to finishing his degree and winning the prestigious Teacher of the Year award in his first year of teaching.

It also tells the remarkable story of Harrop Fold School in Salford, from their unprecedented GBP2.5m debt, to being featured in the BAFTA-award nominated TV series, Educating Greater Manchester.

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Drew’s recommended reading list

We are totally committed to our own continuous learning and 5 books that have been absolutely key to our development and that we would highly recommend are:

How to Have a Great Life, 35 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Success, Fulfilment and Happiness
Paul Mcgee
25 Ways to Win with People
John C. Maxwell
Great By Choice
Jim Collins
Orbiting the Giant Hairball
Gordon MacKensie
Black Box Thinking
Matthew Syed

Reviews for The Leadship Factor

‘Drew Povey shows how leadership is done’
Phil Bentley, CEO of Mitie
‘Drew is an outstanding leader who is passionate about making the difference to young people’s lives through education. His insights and research into leadership cut across sectors and are a must read for aspiring and established leaders’
Ian Hopkins, QPM, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police
‘Harnessing leadership power is an absolute must in today’s fast moving business climate. What worked yesterday or last week, may not work today. Leaders need to stay engaged and keep moving forward. You may believe that you are too time poor to invest into your own development, but honing your skills can be as easy as updating your reading list. This book has been ten years in the making and should be on the top of that list. Drew’s conclusions are on point.’
Simon Shaw, MBE, British Lions Star, England Rugby World Cup Winner and Business Consultant

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