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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 1

THE LEADERSHIP RIDDLE

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If you read enough leadership books you will realise that to succeed you need to become an improbable mix of Nelson Mandela, Lord Nelson, Machiavelli, Churchill, Genghis Khan and Mother Teresa all put together. Some bosses think they are already that good: they are normally bosses who are well worth avoiding.

As an experiment, see what happens when you swap Genghis Khan for Mother Teresa. So let Genghis Khan sort out the slums of Calcutta in his own unique way. He would succeed: there would be no slums left. Now imagine Mother Teresa on horseback leading the Mongols on their rampage across Asia. For most people, ...

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