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How to Lead, 5th Edition by Jo Owen

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Introduction

Leadership is too often shrouded in mystery. To become leaders we are urged to become a combination of Genghis Khan, Nelson Mandela, Machiavelli and Gandhi. A few people feel they are already that good. They are the sort of leader who is well worth not working for. The rest of us feel slightly small when measured against such giants.

The mystery deepens when you try to define what makes a good leader in practice. We can all recognise a good leader in our daily lives. But no leader seems to conform to a single template.

Some academics and consultants decided to solve the mystery of leadership. They had time on their hands – they were on safari. By way of a warm-up exercise they decided to design the perfect predator. Each took ...

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