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Leadership That Matters by Molly G. Sashkin, Marshall Sashkin

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Chapter

SIX

Leaders With the Confidence to Act

Everyone must decide whether or not to act. Understanding how things happen will help make clear the right decision.

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 73

In Chapters Four and Five we described a crucial aspect of transformational leadership, the need for power. It is neither a skill nor an aspect of the situation or context in which leadership occurs. It is part of the character of the leader.

A leader might, however, be more likely to act successfully on the basis of the power need in certain situations and contexts. For example, Adolph Hitler might not have been able to use his psychotic power need so effectively, had the economic situation in 1930s Germany been different. It might even have made a difference ...

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