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The Nature of Leadership: Reptiles, Mammals, and the Challenge of Becoming a Great Leader by B. Joseph White - President, University of Illinois, Yaron Prywes

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Chapter 3. The Leadership Pyramid

Over the years, I have seen many approaches that companies and other organizations use to select, evaluate, train, and cultivate their managers—in other words, to develop leaders. These approaches range in quality from good to awful. One thing that nearly all share is that they are far too complex.

I introduce here a simple but comprehensive model of leadership development. I call it the Leadership Pyramid. The pyramid helps you identify your natural strengths and your weaknesses (we all have them!). It can help you develop your strengths, improve on your weaknesses, and guide you to leadership excellence. The pyramid (as shown in Figure 3-1) has four components:

• Foundation Requirements. To be a leader, you must ...

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