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

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GOOD AND BAD QUESTIONS

People have been arguing about the fundamental issues of “life” for quite some time and they will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Similarly, and on only a slightly lower level of human concern, people are debating the fundamental issues of “leadership.” Some of these debates seem useful to me. Others do not. Here is my assessment:

Is leadership different from management? Trying to make a distinction between leadership and management is ultimately a useless exercise. True, leadership primarily involves vision, motivation, and commitment; and management primarily involves resources, structures, and prioritization. But these concepts are so entwined operationally—so interdependent in reality—that ...

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