Chapter 19

The Season of Leading

Leadership is not magnetic personality—that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”—that is flattery.

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.


One of the hardest things for those of us who work in the field of leadership development to accept is this: the results of our efforts are difficult to define and largely seen as ineffective.

In this year alone, billions of dollars will be invested globally in leadership development strategies. With so much being spent, organizations have a right to expect significant results. ...

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