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Leading from the Jumpseat

Jumpseat Leadership is a way of interacting with people that will enhance performance in any given situation – during normal business, times of crisis, and life in general. Becoming a Jumpseat Leader takes practice and this book is your practical guide to handing over control.

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Everyone is capable of accomplishing extraordinary things.

Peter believes every person and every organization is capable of accomplishing extraordinary things, achieving way more than they may even think is possible. The key is first to connect with who we truly are, at a human level.

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Leading from the Jumpseat is a metaphor for how
we can choose to lead and the culture we can create.

It’s about the journey we take to get to the point where we hand over control to other people, who are then able to continue to move forward without us.

It’s about lifting people up and giving them the space they need so that, when the time is right, they can take the lead. This is a higher form of leadership, since it is not about building and retaining our own individual power. Instead, it focuses on nurturing the potential of others and empowering them to become leaders.

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Leading from the Jumpseat: How to create extraordinary opportunities by handing over control

In business and in life, handing over the reins to others is inevitable. Everyone will eventually leave their team, retire from being the CEO, or see their kids leave home and lead their own lives. Leading from the Jumpseat enables us to embrace this inevitability. Leading from the Jumpseat is a metaphor for how we can choose to lead. It’s about the journey we take so we can hand over control to others, who are then equipped to continue forward.

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Lifting Others Up

If we succeed as Jumpseat Leaders, while the effect on others is immediate, there’s a good chance we may not know about it ourselves until years later.

What does it mean to Lead from the Jumpseat?

“For me, the flight deck of a large aircraft is like a microcosm of leadership. It’s an environment that can uncover the very best and very worst examples of how human beings interact and perform, particularly while under pressure.” Peter Docker


Find Your Why: A practical guide for discovering purpose for you and your team

In 2017, Peter together with David Mead, teamed with Simon Sinek to write a book based on Simon’s concept of WHY. Find Your Why has sold well over 500,000 copies and is published in 26 languages worldwide.

If you want to learn how to discover your own WHY, help someone else discover theirs, or uncover the WHY for your team or organisation, this book will show you how to do it. This step-by-step guide brings together over 20 years’ experience of helping individuals & organisations discover their WHY.

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What people are saying about leading from the jumpseat
  • Alexandra Cox,
    "Leading from the Jumpseat is such a warm and thought provoking read. The stories and concepts that Peter uses to explain Jumpseat Leadership are so positive and uplifting. I found myself reflecting back to situations where I have been lifted up, how that made me feel and how I might do the same for others. It is clear from the stories Peter tells the importance of lifting others up and the lasting impression that positive actions leave on those you are supporting. One of the main messages I took away was that, just because I am not a CEO it doesn't matter - leadership is available to everyone at every level, in every situation."
    Alexandra Cox,
    Events Manager, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • Mark McArthur-Christie,
    "If life were a 1940s black and white movie, just a couple of pages into Peter Docker's 'Leading From the Jumpseat', I'd have buzzed through to my PA saying, "Hey - hold my calls - I'm busy." Once I started reading, I kept going. Peter's a natural storyteller and he uses those stories to make point after point that you'll be able to use if you do anything at all that involves leading people. It's an absolute belter of a book."
    Mark McArthur-Christie,
    Writer and Managing Director at Rubuss
  • Susie Scott,
    "This is a wonderful, rich and powerful leadership resource, full of compelling stories that really bring the concepts to life. I loved it, started stealing ideas immediately and am recommending it to all my colleagues."
    Susie Scott,
    Corporate Safety Director, Major US Airline
  • Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton KCB CBE,
    "Peter's real skill is to express, in simple terms and by examples, those ideas and principles that immediately chime with the reader. By drawing on dramatic examples of airborne emergencies, as well as more mundane and everyday situations, he guides us in applying them to our own lives."
    Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton KCB CBE,
    former Governor of Gibraltar, & Regional President for Bechtel
  • Ralf Specht,
    "Leading From The Jumpseat makes a compelling case for today's biggest leadership challenge: to lead with integrity. Peter Docker shares what it takes for individuals and organizations to accomplish extraordinary things - not just at 30,000 ft, but in every working environment. Leading From The Jumpseat is a great read: it offers a rich collection of real-world examples for human-centric leadership."
    Ralf Specht,
    Founder and former CEO of Spark44 and author of Building Corporate Soul
  • Kristen Hadeed,
    "An exciting ride - start to finish! Peter's book is filled with stories that challenge you to consider the legacy you are leaving behind. We know we NEED to give up control, the question is how? This book has the answers you've been waiting for."
    Kristen Hadeed,
    Author of Permission to Screw Up
  • Nick Beighton
    "Trust and empower your people so they can lead. Easier said than done. This book is an invaluable guide on how to do that."
    Nick Beighton
    , CEO, ASOS
  • David Marquet, Author of Fortune's #1 Best Business Book of the Year,
    "Leaders know that the secret to success is giving control to the team, safely, consistently, and boldly. In Leading from the Jumpseat, former RAF pilot Peter Docker shows us how to do this."
    David Marquet, Author of Fortune's #1 Best Business Book of the Year,
    FujifilmTurn the Ship Around and Founder of Intent Based Leadership
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