The end of superman

Don’t be a hero

Heroic leaders, once a godsend, are now a public menace. We need to think about organisational leadership in a new way — a way that fits the times in which we live.

Dee W. Hock, founder of Visa International

We have a bold message in this book. In the last 20 years the business and organisational world has overdosed on the idea of leaders as transformational heroes. The age-old desire for heroes has been overlain with a largely American business model. Leadership has been identified with transformation and transformation with leadership. In a time when people generally are sceptical of heroic figures, business keeps looking for great individuals to bring about heroic change.

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