Books: Three of a kind - A sporting chance of leadership

Mind Games; Jeff Grout & Sarah Perrin; Capstone; £14.99

Life is a mind game and the people best equipped to play it are sports champions, according to the book's authors. Interviews with international sports stars and coaches are interwoven with advice on motivation and mental training. A serious examination of the relationship between sport and performance, yet easy to read and entertaining. - Best of its kind.

Leadership the Sven-Goran Eriksson Way; Julian Birkinshaw & Stuart Crainer; Capstone; £9.99

Dalliances and England defeats aside, Sven is still something of a role model when it comes to coaching, motivating and team morale. This book draws lessons from his style and includes anecdotes from business practitioners and theorists to complement the principles underlined in the book. A decent mix of sports biography and management theory. - Could be useful

The Art of Captaincy; Mike Brearley; Channel 4 Books; £9.99

Cricket fans will find this book, written by the former England cricket captain, an interesting mixture of biography, humour and advice to aspiring captains. Yet despite the author's reinvention as a motivational speaker, there is little in this book for the general reader looking for success off the pitch. It is more a treatise on the fundamentals of cricket than a practical guide to business leadership. - Of minor interest.

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