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Editor: Ciarán Brennan

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Contributors: Ossie Ardiles,

Aidy Boothroyd, Michael Caulfield,

Dr Dorian Dugmore, Daniel Finkelstein,

Roberto Forzoni, Alice Hoey,

Martyn Pert, Philip Smith,

Howard Wilkinson, Alexandra Willis


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Ask a simple question...

Throughout this issue, we continually return to one question...

‘what do leaders do?’ The question first popped up at the LMA’s

Annual Management Conference back in October when it was

asked (and, to some extent, answered) by the leadership expert

Jeff Grout. A summary of Grout’s presentation is included in our

look back at the conference, which begins on page 14.

The asking and answering of that seemingly simple question

isn’t confined to those pages, though; the newly-appointed

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd asks it as part of

an absorbing conversation with the management and education

guru Stuart Timperley (page 38), while sports psychologist

Michael Caulfield offers his own views on the subject (page 56).

Away from that single question, Howard Wilkinson argues

that all managers benefit from that scarcest of commodities, time

(page 44) while Ossie Ardiles gives a fascinating insight into the

border-crossing life of the football player and manager (page 68).

Elsewhere within these pages we have an interview with

Martin O’Neill (conducted just days before his appointment as

manager of Sunderland) in which he reveals some of his own

management philosophies and lifts the lid on life as a player

under Brian Clough (page 20).

Another manager who learned his trade under Clough, Roy

Keane, was in fine, frank form at the LMA conference, where

he was interviewed live on stage by Matt Lorenzo. For those of

you who weren’t there, we’ve included the edited highlights (page

24). Like all highlights, however, these are no replacement for

being there and witnessing the event live. Next year, you should

try to make it along... it’s something that leaders do.

Ciarán Brennan

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