CHAPTER 4

Leadership and Leaders | What Should They Look Like?

Leadership Failure

Leadership has failed us, and we all have feet of clay. We have demanded great leadership but have been patient and complacent with the mediocre. In his research on leadership, Warren Bennis, the great scholar and academician, reveals three things that have the power to destroy civilization, as we know it: a pandemic, nuclear war, and the loss of leadership.1

Certainly, this is the case today. “Where have all the leaders gone?” could be the question, and the rather sarcastic answer is “to jail.” Leaders today have more ambition for themselves than for the people they lead, and the executive compensation packages seem obscene. It is the corporate ego compared with ...

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