Introduction

Our strength is in a system, not heroes. A heroic, high-minded system.

—Eric Garland

There’s a book on leadership written every 6 minutes, so they say. And you can see why. Everyone’s got an opinion on the subject—those who lead, as well as those who are led. Because we’ve all got bosses; we’ve all experienced the highs and lows. Yet few of us have experienced good leadership. This book is about developing better leadership. It’s about redefining the very term leadership. And it’s about drawing upon, and growing, everyone’s abundant leadership capabilities.

In the 25 years we’ve been supporting leaders to grow, develop, and deliver, we’ve seen all the fads:

  • •It’s all about traits—“leaders are born.”
  • •It’s all about character—“leaders ...

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