I wouldn’t give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity but

I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our objective in this chapter is to provide some of the “simplicity that lies just on the other side of complexity.” In Chapter 1, we presented many of the dimensions that create the extremely complex nature of leadership. In this chapter, we wish to reduce that complexity to a model of leadership that is more easily understood.

Mattresses and Tents


For decades, researchers and observers have tried to find the competency, trait, knowledge base, personality dimension, or thought process that makes a person a good leader. The analysis was extremely ...

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