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Good leaders have always shared attributes. They pull signals from the noise that each generation seems to encounter as overwhelming. They tell stories. They are brave and resilient. They organize people around a common purpose. They keep an eye on priorities and push their teams. They realign their teams when they get off track. They can be tough or tender, idealistic or realistic, strategic or tactical, as the need arises.

Though there may not be much new we can say about leaders, there is—will always be—more to say about the context in which leaders do their work, especially when that context ...

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