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Essential Lessons on Leadership (Collection), 2/e by Jon Huntsman, Doug Lennick, Fred Kiel Ph.D., James F. Parker

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Chapter 4. The Organization of Peers: Leading Your Equals

The context described in this chapter is in sharp contrast to the top-down leadership described in the preceding chapter. It requires a quite different leadership style, and it is a context with which I have had considerable personal experience, as you will see.

First I describe the management style that is appropriate to this context using my experience leading one of the Big Eight accounting firms (before they became the Big Four). Next I point out potential pitfalls that leaders in this context might encounter. Then I describe other contexts that you might find yourself in when leading an organization of peers that differ and how this can affect your leadership style in those contexts. ...

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