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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison

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CHAPTER 6

EMPOWER

As we look ahead … leaders will be those who empower others.

—Bill Gates

The bridge from planning to action is empowerment—of others, not yourself. Empowerment, however, is not something that you can give or do to someone else. It cannot be dispensed like some magic pill or miracle serum. People must empower themselves. As the leader, your job is to inspire them to do so.

Few people understand this as well as Peter Guber does. During more than 40 years in the entertainment business, he personally has been the producer or executive producer of numerous blockbuster movies that have earned more than $3 billion worldwide—box office hits such as The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, and Flashdance. His films have garnered more ...

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