We began this book by saying that everything you will ever do as a leader is based on one audacious assumption: you matter. We now end this book with a similarly audacious proposition—that everything you do as a leader begins with one word: yes. Until you say yes, nothing great can happen.[95]

Take Ivana Sendecka, a young woman in Slovakia with a rather ambitious dream of wanting to prepare her country's next generation of leaders to embrace the future of Slovakia as their own.

Ivana's passion for leadership was evident very early in her life, when her dedication and skill earned her the role of captain on the Slovak Junior National Basketball Team for five years. It stayed with her in college where she pursued a master's ...

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