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The Courageous Follower, 3rd Edition by Ira Chaleff

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5THE COURAGE TO PARTICIPATE IN TRANSFORMATION

I FIND IT TRAGIC THAT ABLE LEADERS who fall dramatically from grace often share a common experience: their closest followers have long been aware of their fatal flaw and were unsuccessful in getting the leader to deal with it. Revelation of the flaw often comes as an unexpected shock to the broader group because it has been carefully managed and kept from public view. But those closest to the leader have usually spent long hours dealing with the fallout from the leader’s behavior and discussing among themselves what to do about it.

In the political world, when a leader self-destructs, it is front-page news, so it has been easier to see examples of this behavior historically than in the business world. ...

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