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Mike Brearley is one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, and in 1981 he captained the England team to the momentous Ashes series victory against Australia.

In The Art of Captaincy, his treatise on leadership and motivation, he draws directly on his experience of man-managing a team, which included a pugnacious Ian Botham and Geoffrey Boycott, to explain what it takes to be a leader on and off the field. Giving an insight into both his tactical understanding of the game as well as how to get a group of individuals playing as a team in order to get the best out of them, The Art of Captaincy is a classic handbook on how to generate, nurture and inspire success.

With a new introduction by former England player and BBC commentator Ed Smith to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its first publication, The Art of Captaincy remains urgently relevant for cricket fans and business leaders alike. Covering the ability to use intuition, resourcefulness and clearheadedness and the importance of empathy as a means of achieving shared goals, Brearley's seminal account of captaincy is the ultimate blueprint for creating a winning mind-set but also shows how the lessons in the sporting arena can be applied to any walk of personal or professional life.

©1985 Mike Brearley (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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A cricket captain's handbook

This book is considered to be a must-read for all cricket players as well as fans. Though I must say I found it a little dated on many counts. The modern game has changed by leaps and bounds in the last decade and hence some of the 'ground realities' may not be as relevant to a student of the game. Having said that, it by no means diminishes the pearls of wisdom shared by the author. On a cricket field they are extremely essential. However, I am not sure if they are as applicable to say the world of business.

So if you are an ardent student of the game or work in the areas closer to cricket then this book is worth a read. Those that are interested in more generic information on leadership can give this book a miss

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  • Aravind
  • 29-11-20

must reead

must read for all cricket fans and geeks.
humourous, enlightening, thought provoking and very well written

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  • cyberdonkey
  • 28-10-18

Fantastic, but not just about cricket.

This classic text is not just about cricket. It is, of course, mostly about cricket but is also about managing people, working in organisations, motivating yourself and others and much more. I was at a talk recently by Mike Brealey and he spoke about cricket and psychoanalysis so engagingly. Cricket has changed a huge amount since the first publication of the book but it still has so much to offer because it it based, not on gimmicks, but on principles.

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  • Gary Ponsford
  • 22-07-18

Execellent.

Not just a lesson in cricket captaincy, but how to treat all interactions with people in an holistic way. People who claim to be leaders and managers would do well to read this instead of attending pretentious couraes where taught unnatural ways of leadership and management.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-17

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book. Perfect for cricket lovers, great stories. The narrator is excellent as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-17

Great book

This is a entertaining and informative book - more about people than cricket - a great insight into an inquisitive mind. Highly recommended