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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 49

LEADERSHIP: NO MORE HEROES

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History is full of heroes and villains. It makes for a more entertaining read than studying the dry statistics of taxes and trade. The business media are also full of heroes and villains for the same reason: it makes a more entertaining read than dealing with the dull detail of business processes and performance.

But history is changing. We now know that the fate of nations is rarely determined by the brilliance or folly of one or two leaders. For a thousand years, England and France have been rivals. They have produced outstanding people who have been heroes in one country and villains in the other: ask each ...

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