When you next go to the office, try the following exercise. Throw away your mobile phone. Unplug your computer and get rid of any internet connections. Tell all the staff functions that their services are no longer required: out goes IT, HR, finance, accounting and legal services. Get rid of all the consultants. While you are about it, you may as well cut off the electricity and water supply.

Now try leading.

Modern creature comforts go from luxury to necessity faster than ever before. As leaders, we are becoming surrounded by ever more sophisticated corporate life support systems. We cannot imagine how we lived or led without modern technology, support and staff. Leadership has become a gilded cage: the rewards may be great, but ...

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