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The New SuperLeadership by Henry Sims, Charles Manz

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1 Leadership in the 21st Century

A leader is bestWhen people barely know he exists,Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,Worse when they despise him.But of a good leader, who talks little,When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,They will say:We did it ourselves.—Lao Tzu

HOW DOES THIS PERSPECTIVE FIT with your own ideas about leadership? Do you feel comfortable with the idea that a leader should not be obeyed or acclaimed, and in fact should barely be recognized? When you are called upon to lead do you prefer to take charge or to help others find their own way? These timeless words of Lao Tzu were written well over 2,000 years ago, yet they send an important message worth considering as we enter a new age. The recent end of the millennium ...

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