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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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THE QUALITIES OF A LEADER

INTRODUCTION

For thousands of years, leaders have got by without having an MBA. If kings and queens needed smart people, they could find plenty of churchmen to provide the brains. And even today, if you look at the planet’s top billionaires, they are largely an MBA-free zone. None of the tribal leaders who feature in this book have MBAs, and many of them cannot read.

So there is something more to leadership than having all the skills that a business school can give you. Those skills are important, but they are not enough.

When looking for a leader, tribes do not look at formal qualifications. They look at the person. They do not look at the person’s DNA: they are not looking for some innate quality such as charisma and ...

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