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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

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Drawing the Map

By finding and extracting these leader maps, I reasoned, I could learn not only what people look for in leaders but the corollary of that: what it takes to be the kind of leader whom others would follow. And after reading hundreds of leader stories from all over the world, here’s what I discovered:

The acknowledged leader is

  • Farsighted
  • Passionate
  • Courageous
  • Wise
  • Generous
  • Trustworthy

Here’s a quick overview of the essence of each of these characteristics.

In leader folktales, the leader-to-be can see beyond his current situation (young, poor, despised) to his ultimate goal (save his father, win the princess, kill the monster) and can express that vision in a compelling and inclusive way, especially to those whose help he needs ...

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