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Real Leadership by Dean WIlliams

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CHAPTER 3The Activist Challenge

Calling Attention to a Contradiction in Values

The first challenge of leadership is to get people to wake up to the fact there is a problem—that the group is avoiding some aspect of reality, ignoring a threat, or missing a great opportunity. The leader in such a predicament faces a development challenge. Groups often avoid facing some aspect of reality, either because that piece of reality is too threatening to their current existence, or because they are so focused on what they regard as their main concerns that they cannot take the time to consider any other issues. To get the people to wake up and face the problem is an activist challenge. Often the problem is embedded in people’s values and behavior. The ...

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