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Leadership the Hard Way: Why Leadership Can't be Taught– and How You Can Learn it Anyway by Robert Howard, Dov Frohman

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Chapter 7. BOOTSTRAPPING LEADERSHIP

At the beginning of this book I argued that the essentials of leadership are more akin to wisdom than they are to knowledge. Because leadership is not really a skill, it cannot really be taught. Rather than hoping to learn in the classroom or from some training program how to lead, aspiring leaders need to take on the hard work of bootstrapping leadership—that is, learning how to lead by doing it. In the body of the book, I have tried to show how this process played itself out in my own career as I pursued my life project of creating a new high-tech business in Israel and taking it from the periphery to the very center of a major global corporation.

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