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Inside View: A Leader's Observations on Leadership by Walter F. Ulmer Jr.

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A FEW “TRUTHS

It is easy to mistake the solidifying of biases for kernels of wisdom. In any case, after twenty or thirty years of working in some particular field there are “truths” that take shape in one’s mind. Here are some of mine regarding leadership:

We do a poor job in defining “successful leaders.” It is possible to be the head of an organization that is doing very well and still be an untrusting despot. Some who have made it to the top of the ladder are “successful” only in the narrowest sense of the word.

Great charisma alone is not enough. Individuals in senior positions in organizations need to do more than motivate, envision, and exemplify behaviors. They also need the skills we associate with classical “management.” If you don’t ...

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