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Leadership in Action: Attracting Opposites to the Leadership Ranks by John Fleenor, Sylvester Taylor

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Attracting Opposites to the Leadership Ranks

by Sylvester Taylor and John Fleenor

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Have you ever had the impression that some companies are run by a bunch of clones? If so, you may not be far off the mark. Organizations tend to attract, select, and retain managers whose personalities are alike, losing the competitive edge of divergent perspectives. But there are steps organizations can take to break the sameness-of-thinking cycle.

Do organizations have personalities? In a word, no. People have personalities; organizations do not. But organizations do have cultures—the sets of values and beliefs that characterize them. And research indicates ...

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