John Adair is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development. Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership programmes he pioneered.
John has had a colourful early career. He served as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards in Egypt, and then became the only national serviceman to serve in the Arab Legion, where he became adjutant of a Bedouin regiment. After national service he qualified as a deckhand in Hull and worked on an arctic trawler in Iceland waters. He then worked as a hospital orderly in the operating theatre of a hospital.
After being senior lecturer in military history and adviser in leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Associate Director of The Industrial Society, in 1979 John became the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey.
Cheriton 1644: The Campaign and the Battle
The Battle of Cheriton was one of the major turning points of the English Civil War, yet few people have heard of it.
Roundhead General: The Campaigns of Sir William Waller
An engrossing account of one of the most important, yet forgotten, leaders of the English Civil WarMore info →
A Life of John Hampden: The Patriot
Conflict between King and Parliament during the Civil War erMore info →
The Royal Palaces of Britain
An essential history of Britain’s stunning historic palaces! Perfect for readers of Lucy Worsley, Simon Thurley and Judith Flanders.More info →
By the Sword Divided: Eyewitness Accounts of the English Civil War
A brilliant book that brings the voices of the English Civil War to life.More info →
The Pilgrims’ Way: Shrines and Saints in Britain and Ireland
An enlightening history of pilgrimage, journeying into the past and following in the footsteps of travellers who traipsed across the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland.More info →
Hastings to Culloden: Battles of Britain
A classic, in-depth study of over twenty of the most important battles to have taken place on British soil.More info →
Founding Fathers: Puritans in England and America
A fascinating history of the Puritans from their emergence to their decline.More info →