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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 11. The dynamics of succession

 

If you shoot at a king you must kill him.

 
 --RALPH WALDO EMERSON
 

Young men think all old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools.

 
 --GEORGE CHAPMAN
 

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

 
 --GEORGE ELIOT

Some people turn into good wine as they age; others, becoming increasingly sour with each passing year, turn into vinegar. As I’ve heard it said, some people immature with age. Executives as a group have as much trouble (if not more) with the process of aging as does the larger population.

Many centuries ago the following lines were written:

Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. How shall I say what wood that ...

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