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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

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Do the Right Thing

Finally, wisdom has a strong moral component. The wise leader thinks not only about what will be the most effective or productive thing to do, but also about whether it is the right thing to do in a moral sense. When I was coaching the president of an organization recently, she told me that at one point in her career, the CEO of the organization had come to her and said they thought she would do a better job as head of marketing than her boss who held that position; he offered to fire her boss and give her the job. She told me she thought about it long and hard: she really wanted the job, but her boss had been unfailingly supportive of and honest with her, a true advocate. She finally decided that for her, it wouldn’t be the ...

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