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60-Minute CEO: Mastering Leadership an Hour at a Time by Dick Cross

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Chapter 25

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Leadership Is an “Inside Job”

Over the past decade, a single topic has dominated the business book shelves. It’s leadership.

But has this focus on leadership done any good? My hunch: likely not as much as we’d hope, and it has maybe done some harm along with the good. Leadership isn’t something you can “learn,” like golf. It’s not a new outfit you can put on or a set of new words and practices you adopt and use because they’ve been successful for others.

How-to prescriptions for leadership divert attention away from the seed at its core because leadership is not about how you act, what you say, or what you know. Nor is it about how ...

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