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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 10. Roles leaders play

 

Better to do a little well than a great deal badly.

 
 --SOCRATES
 

A leader is a dealer in hope.

 
 --NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
 

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.

 
 --MABEL NEWCOMER

In the previous chapters we looked at some of the competencies that good leaders possess. In this chapter we’ll look at what it is that effective leaders do – how they “act out” these competencies. We’ll examine the various roles they play as they strive to bring out the best in their colleagues and followers.

Before we continue, take a moment to think about the following question: What are the major differences between a leader and a manager? How would you define each? ...

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