All over this country, in corporations and government agencies, there are millions of executives who imagine that their place on the organization chart has given them a body of followers. And of course it hasn’t. It has given them subordinates. Whether the subordinates become followers depends on whether the executives act like leaders.

—John Gardner

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born—that there is a genetic factor to leadership. Myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

—Warren G. Bennis

The Age-Old Questions

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