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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 5. Mammalian Excellence

Addressing the University of Kansas in Lawrence on March 18, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy said:

“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

Kennedy’s lament about the shortcomings of the GNP also applies to leadership that fails to move beyond the Reptilian. Reptilian ...

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