CHAPTER1

THE DANGERS AND REWARDS OF BEING BLIND

Successful leaders balance two conflicting needs.

The first is to act with a confidence in their abilities and faith in their vision for their organizations. This allows them to pursue ambitious goals and push forward despite obstacles that would intimidate if not overwhelm most people. Consider the example of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who developed an online retail business that was revolutionary and often misunderstood, particularly by those in the financial community. Bezos persevered through years of losses before Amazon became what it is today—a rapidly growing company that dominates online retailing and threatens brick-and-mortar giants such as Wal-Mart. While Bezos's success is due to a ...

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