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Thinkers 50 Leadership: Organizational Success through Leadership by Des Dearlove, Stuart Crainer

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CHAPTER1

How We Got Here

Every year, thousands of books are published on the subject of leadership and leadership development. Reams of papers and masses of Internet pages are devoted to this subject, which has fascinated leaders, would-be leaders, and followers alike for centuries.

Yet despite this great outpouring of leadership-related thinking, we seem to be no closer to discovering the secrets of great leadership. What makes a great leader? Can anyone be a leader, or is it the preserve of a chosen few? Why do people follow one person through hardship and danger, and not another?

These are questions that have been asked throughout the ages. From Julius Caesar to Steve Jobs, we have dissected, discussed, and analyzed what makes great leaders ...

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