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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 41

LEADERSHIP IS EARNED, NOT GIVEN

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Anyone can lead, if they learn to lead. That is different from the past. Leaders used to be born to lead. If you were the first son of a king, you were likely to land up as king yourself. There was not much by way of a nominations committee when the vacancy finally came up: you grabbed the crown while the corpse was still twitching.

This is good news for leaders. You do not need the right DNA to succeed. You can learn to succeed: there are no magic skills which only a few people possess. Anyone can master the basics of leadership: motivating people, making decisions, crafting a vision, building trust ...

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