Over the years, we have had the privilege of working with a large number of executives and young managers, most with high levels of achievement and potential. Too often, however, we have found they don't feel comfortable with the leadership aspects of their careers. Sometimes they aren't clear about what they should be doing or where they should be heading; sometimes they are frustrated, conflicted, or downright unhappy. Typically, they can't put their finger on a reason. They simply feel that something isn't right.

We have concluded that this malaise often exists because although people have not stopped to evaluate what being a leader means to them personally, they have assumed greater leadership roles over time. Rather than taking charge ...

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