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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869794309
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 200

Blake: Leader

Leadership Lessons From a Great New Zealander


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How to lead winning teams: an insider's insight into the leadership of yachting legend Sir Peter Blake.

How to lead winning teams: an insider's insight into the leadership of yachting legend Sir Peter Blake.

New Zealand lost one of its favourite sons when Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed in the Amazon in late 2001. Blake had become a icon after leading New Zealand to victory in the 1995 and 2000 America's Cups, following earlier successes in the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Challenge. His accomplishments demonstrate his skill at assembling, managing and leading winning teams.

Blake: Leader is written by sailor and marine scientist Dr Mark Orams, who sailed around the world with Blake and worked with him at Team New Zealand and Blakexpeditions. In this book he looks at Blake's successful style of leadership from a personal viewpoint. It mixes reminiscences and anecdotes from Orams and other sporting and business figures who worked closely with Blake with practical observations of how he chose and led teams.

Break-out boxes and chapter summaries highlight key points and techniques that can be used by leaders and team members in a wide range of sports and business situations. Chapters include building a great team, being a great leader, encouraging a great work ethic and having a winning attitude. It also examines the unique New Zealand style of leadership demonstrated by other great Kiwi leaders and how Blake's legacy can be taken into the future.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869794309
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 200

About the Author

Mark Orams

Mark Orams, author of motivational biography Blake: Leader — leadership lessons from a great New Zealander is a successful, award-winning yachtsman, scientist, environmentalist and adventurer. He was the inaugural executive director of the Sir Peter Blake Trust from 2004 to 2007 and has spoken widely on Blake’s leadership style. A founding member of the Coastal-Marine Research Group, he is Associate Director (Coastal & Marine Tourism) at the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute of Auckland University of Technology. As a marine scientist, he has a particular interest in applied research projects with tangible benefits for resource management.

An accomplished yachtsman who won 12 New Zealand titles over a range of different yachting classes, he was New Zealand Yachtsman of the Year as part of the Steinlager 2 crew which won the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. A member the Team New Zealand crew that successfully defended the America’s Cup in 2000, he also took part in the 2003 defence of the Cup. In 1999, 2005 and 2008, he was the Laser Radial Masters World Champion.

Orams was the onboard scientist and scientific adviser for Blakexpeditions on the Seamaster expedition, and now explores offshore and remote islands onboard research yacht Jocara.
Pro-formance Driven, reviewing Blake: Leader, found the book thought-provoking about what qualities good leaders share, and identified ‘a vital tool to listen to people more than others, they take on knowledge and ideas of people around them’, which expresses itself in a tendency to choose the person over the existing skill-set or experience, to be people-orientated, and to encourage rather than criticise.

Similarly, Anne Hinton, writing for Sail Race Win, identified Blake’s focus on ‘inclusiveness’, and also acknowledged ‘the specific kiwi aspects to the leadership styles’ of Blake and other New Zealand greats — resourcefulness, creativity, synergies, determination and humility. She notes that Oram’s ‘uniquely privileged position to know Blakey’, in both the sailing and environmentalism contexts, has resulted in a book which is ‘essential reading’. She continued: ‘Mark Oram’s seminal book on Sir Peter Blake’s leadership skills might also be subtitled “How to ‘do’ Team.” ’


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