In 2007, Julia Middleton wrote Beyond Authority drawing
on the experiences of many leaders who had contributed to Common
Purpose programmes over the years, sharing their experiences of
leading beyond their authority.
The following is an extract from the Foreward, written by Sir
It happens again and again. Bright, aggressive managers move
quickly up an organisation and then, quite suddenly, find
themselves becalmed. The skills that seemed to be serving them so
well are just not enough. We have all seen the heads shake. He, or
she, is "not very good with people" or "doesn't seem able to see
the wood for the trees" or "is not very good at lateral
We know what this really means. They may be great, but
somehow they are not quite leaders. Someone once said that there
are actually three kinds of people: leaf people who just see
leaves, tree people who see leaves and trees and, far more rarely,
forest people who understand that leaves and trees make up forests
and that forests are very different.
Julia is a forest person. And her book, Beyond Authority, is
about what makes forest people, why they matter more than ever and
what it takes to become one.
Beyond Authority: Leadership in a changing world
by Julia Middleton
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In Beyond Authority, Julia Middleton
offers a refreshing and original perspective on leadership. She
shows us how to implement our dreams and overcome obstacles -
including the obstacle that no one asked us to do it in the first
place. This is the right book for bureaucracy-bashers and social
entrepreneurs who want to change the world.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business
School Professor and author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and
Losing Streaks Begin and End
What you will learn from this book is
worth more than money. Not only will you learn to lead beyond your
authority, but also how to be a better leader within your authority
too. If you were only to buy one book about leadership, then it
should be this.
David Puttnam, President of UNICEF
(UK), former filmmaker
Julia Middleton has a contacts list to
die for - and it shows in the enormous range of experience and
wisdom she has been able to tap for this book. Effective leadership
in the real world operates way beyond the conventional boundaries
of business management and this book is both brave and successful
in showing what it takes to succeed.
Sir Derek Higgs, Chairman,
Alliance& Leicester plc
Beyond Authority is an insightful,
highly relevant book on leaders who play key roles outside their
spheres of influence. In a very lucid manner, Julia Middleton
explains, with real-life examples and anecdotes, how leaders gain
legitimacy in areas where they don't have control. This is an
indispensable, inspiring book for leaders who hope to bring about
real, tangible change: not just in their professions, but also
outside them, in the broader community in which they live.
Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief
Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
This book is like its author: original,
surprising, clear as a bell, and really helpful. Good read too.
Prue Leith, businesswoman, celebrity
cook and novelist
Julia Middleton knows about leadership
in a truly natural yet profound way. If you do nothing else this
year - read this book. It will be the beginning of something
Sir Gerry Robinson, Chair, Moto
Hospitality Ltd, author of I'll Show Them Who's Boss! Six Secrets
of Successful Management