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Leadership in Action: Issues and Observations—Leadership Beyond Leaders and Followers by Wilfred H. Drath

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PEER CONTEXT

Maybe this sounds radical, but in fact almost everybody has engaged in leadership in this sense without even thinking about it. Take, for example, a group of friends deciding how to spend the evening. Because they are friends, even if they are not strictly peers from some external perspective, from within their friendship they want to treat one another as peers. Given this peer context, how do they decide what to do?

They talk or argue. People throw out suggestions. Others react. “Let's go to that new Vietnamese restaurant,” someone says. “I heard it's very expensive,” another says. “We could go to the watercolor show first and talk about where to eat while we're there,” says a third person. And so it goes: suggestion, disagreement, ...

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