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The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise, Second Edition by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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Chapter 4. The failure factor in leadership

 

It is better to fall among crows than flatterers; for those devour only the dead – these the living.

 
 --ANTISTHENES
 

Beware of what you want – for you will get it.

 
 --RALPH WALDO EMERSON
 

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.

 
 --JOSEPH HELLER

Let’s go back to the question of leadership and start with the basics. What does leadership imply? What does it consist of? What are leaders supposed to do? Perhaps I can present this issue in an even simpler, more personal way: What do you do when you arrive at your office? What do you find important? What do you spend your time on as an executive? What elusive leadership qualities manifest themselves in your daily work at the office (Box ...

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