Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on Earth.

—J. M. Burns

The aura with which we tend to surround the words leader and leadership makes it hard to think clearly. Good sense calls for demystification.

—John Gardner

The Mystery Remains

While we were seated at a dinner table recently, it became known that we were writing a book. A dinner guest immediately inquired, “What is the book about?”

“It is about leadership,” one of us replied.

Without hesitation the guest inquired, “Do you really think people can be developed into leaders? Aren’t they born that way?” (We’d like to have a dollar for every time that question has been asked of us over the past decades.) The question seems as hardy ...

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