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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 2

ARE YOU LEADING?

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Try the following exercise.

Name as many Prime Ministers as you can (or Presidents of your country) since 1945. And name one thing you remember most about them. Here is what I am told by groups when they try this exercise:

Attlee: welfare state

Churchill in peacetime: er … not much

Eden: Suez crisis

Macmillan: “You’ve never had it so good”

Home: Who’s he?

Wilson: “White heat of the technology revolution” (er … which technology was that?)

Heath: Sailing and going into Europe

Wilson again: Pipes, raincoats and the lavender list

Callaghan: Strikes and the three day week

Thatcher: Thatcherism (for better or worse)

Major: ...

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