8. From Vision to Results: The Leadership Agenda

What Is Leadership?

Leadership is often confused with personality and management style. Many business books—and executive memoirs—adopt a Hollywood model of the leader as charismatic hero, flamboyant communicator, brave lone ranger, and fierce warrior. It's Gary Cooper as the Marshall standing alone against the outlaws in High Noon. But that metaphor presumes that you think leadership is about killing the competition. Such leaders fight battles and then disappear into the sunset, their job done. If only it were so simple and so exciting!

Business leadership includes personality and style, but great business leaders are also measured by their credibility, communication, and commitment to a mission. ...

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