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The New SuperLeadership by Henry Sims, Charles Manz

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2 The Strongman, Transactor, Visionary Hero, and SuperLeader

GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER had a high opinion of the potential of the common man.1 In 1967 he wrote: “In our Army, it was thought that every private had at least a second lieutenant’s gold bars somewhere in him and he was helped and encouraged to earn them…. I am inclined by nature to be optimistic about the capacity of a person to rise higher than he or she has thought possible, once interest and ambition are

aroused.”2

Since he thought well of others, he intuitively understood the advantage of sharing information with subordinates. For example, he wrote that “The Army … as far back as the days of von Steuben, learned that Americans either will not or cannot fight at maximum ...

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