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The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World's Toughest Problems by Lynda Gratton

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CHAPTER 12

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THE LEADER’S JOURNEY TO AUTHENTICITY

Followers want to hear about and understand their leader’s personal journey and the values he or she espouses, they want to hear the leader’s story and passion, and they want to understand the story that connects the leader’s own life and history with the actions and choices he or she makes. This authenticity is not easy. Often, particularly in the “tournament” process of selecting leaders, it is advantageous for leaders to construct a near-perfect description of themselves and their lives, leaving aside the failures and moments of self-doubt. Moreover, leaders who have introvert personalities are ...

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