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The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts you Need to Know by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes

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Chapter 8. TRUTH EIGHT: YOU EITHER LEAD BY EXAMPLE OR YOU DON'T LEAD AT ALL

Jazz virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie once said, "That trumpet is lying in the case every day, waiting for me."[54] In the same sense, leadership is waiting for you every day. It's waiting for you to take action. It's waiting for you to show others that you mean what you say. It's waiting for you to demonstrate that you know how to get people moving. In the final analysis, leadership is about playing that instrument called "you." But when you perform, you have to make sure that you play in tune. Your audience won't applaud dissonant notes.

That was certainly the insight that Casey Mork, manager of the new product team, shared with us about one of his first supervisors, someone ...

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