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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 13

INSPIRATION AND CHARISMA

Many of the great leaders down the ages have been inspirational and charismatic figures. This is a disaster for the modern leader. They have set the bar too high and in the wrong place for any of us as leaders. Most of us cannot hope to be as inspirational as Martin Luther King, or Henry V urging our team “once more unto the breach” to finish the project on time.

Although history teaches us that there have been many inspirational and charismatic leaders, history also teaches us that there are many more leaders who are not inspirational and charismatic. Most tribal leaders I worked with were not inspirational or charismatic, although they were very good at leading their tribes. In the same way, most business ...

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