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The Agile Leader: A Playbook for Leaders by Steve Gladis

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Chapter 1: First Down

Luke Hopkins grasped the brass knocker and rapped it three times on the pristine white door. As he stood there squaring his wide shoulders, he assumed a military paraderest stance that seemed to extend out every inch of his 6’5” muscular frame—almost as if he were preparing for inspection. In this quiet, old Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood, a tall, well-dressed African American who looked more like a professional football player stood out. So, Luke stepped back from the door to reduce the potential intimidation that his size often had on others meeting him for the first time.

Nearly a minute after Luke repeated his three-part knock, the curtain to the left of the front door lifted slightly. The door opened only as far ...

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