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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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Chapter 8

You’re the leader

Now find 100 more leaders

At several points, this book has argued that the solutions to the destructive paradoxes faced by steam-engine organizations rely heavily on the quality of the organization’s leadership. Which, of course, it does.

Leaders must give the organization purpose and set the moral tone. Good leadership will empower us and set us free from petty controls. Visionary leadership will allow us to raise our heads above the fog of petty metrics and remind ourselves of the core purpose of the organization. Great leadership will lead us out of the morass of failure and onto the sunlit uplands of success.

Let’s face it: it’s all down to the quality of the organization’s leadership. Or is it? You will be glad ...

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