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Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders by Bill George, W. Segovia, Daniel Gulati, John Coleman

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CHAPTER 3

People

Leading in a Diverse World

Variety is the spice of life.

—William Cowper

One of the striking facets of modern business is the incredible diversity of the people—customers, colleagues, suppliers, and competitors—with whom we now interact. On a day-to-day basis, businesspeople engage people of every race, religion, color, creed, and personal preference—and while this variety can prove difficult to navigate, it’s also equipping young leaders to operate with agility, humility, and individuality.

Businesspeople, of course, have always had to lead diverse groups. Historically great cities like Piraeus, Alexandria, and New York were both cultural and commercial centers—where trade brought together people of every race, religion, and ...

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