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The You of Leadership by Twan van de Kerkhof

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INTRODUCTION

Leading During a Change of Age

We are living in one of those rare moments in history in which we experience a shift of the organizational paradigm. We are going from the dominant industrial paradigm to a knowledge paradigm, characterized by changes in how we lead, follow and organize. More than in an age of change, we are living in a change of age.

This paradigm shift is a revolution, as far-reaching as the transition from agriculture to industrial manufacturing. It is easy to see where we are coming from, but much harder to know where we are heading. A paradigm shift is not easy to capture when you are in the middle of it; usually it is much clearer to see in hindsight. When everybody still thought the Earth was flat, it was considered ...

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