Chapter 3

Working at the Leading Edge: Conceptual and Organization Skills

The ultimate basis of success . . . is the skipper’s decisivecommand of himself, his boat, and the situation.

—STUART H. WALKER

Earlier we outlined a model of leadership that draws on three powerful interconnected leadership functions we find in high-performance leadership: navigating, piloting, and managing the leading edge.

Our model captures what we have learned from studying high-performance leaders and organizations. It also organizes and clarifies patterns of thinking and doing that create results that matter. In the end, leadership is not only “what I do in the role I have,” but “what I get others in complementary roles to do in order to achieve something great.” ...

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