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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 45

THE CHALLENGE OF CONTROL

In the days of kings and queens, taking control was relatively straightforward: once the crown was on your head you were in control. And in absolute monarchies, you had absolute control: the word of the king was law. If you were struggling with control, executing a few aristocrats normally had the desired effect.

When a CEO is crowned, they achieve the semblance but not the reality of control. Large organisations in particular assume a life of their own. The CEO will inherit an agenda which is more or less usable. The CEO also inherits a team which functions after a fashion. The power barons in each division still keep pushing their agendas, and the CEO can survive simply by acting as the referee between all ...

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