In working with senior executives, I have been privileged to get to know people who have their own rags-to-riches stories—but not necessarily the financial kind. Rather, many of these people start their careers with little or no leadership experience and no clear ambition toward leadership but somehow along the way leverage their experiences into a wealth of leadership talent and impressive track records. But, as with Behind the Music, it is what happens after the riches that interests me most. I have noticed that many of these executives have two things in common: they had no intention of becoming what they would describe as leaders, and their impressive leadership skills were the outcome, rather than the goal, of their ...

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