Part 2. Becoming a Leader, Preparing for the Opportunities

How does one prepare for leadership? Effective leadership takes experience, reflection, practice, and wisdom acquired over time and circumstance. Learning to lead is a lifelong process. Human diversity, the infinite variety of leadership opportunities, and the social nature of leadership make it impossible to define any one learning path that guarantees the full range of competencies and understandings leaders need. Individual leaders bring their own skills, personalities, capacities, and limitations that add unique twists and turns to the learning journey. What prepares us best to seize the opportunity and lead? In the face of all this ambiguity, where do we begin?

An important first step ...

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