chapter TWELVE

Building a Leadership Model

“No rest for the weary,” Duncan liked to say to leaders like Ralph who have done the equivalent of the personal model work described in Chapter Eleven and are ready for the next big phase: developing a leadership model. 1

First I present the rough overview Duncan provided for Ralph for this phase, followed by a description of how he and Ralph proceeded with the work.


Models underlie how we think, what we see, and how we act on what we see when we interact with the world. They are, in the broadest sense, our picture of the world and our map of how we intend to go about working in that world. As master modeler, master architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “The thing always happens that you ...

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