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What Makes Great Leaders Great: Management Lessons from Icons Who Changed the World by Frank Arnold

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CHAPTER 25

Focus on a Single Objective

LEARNING FROM

Michelangelo

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest sculptors and painters. His true passion was always-sculpting, however, so initially he described himself as a scultore, only later coming to eye even this general description of his profession with suspicion, when he had developed a deeper sense of his artistic destiny. Michelangelo’s feel for stone was very special. For instance, when his sculpture of Night sleeping inspired Giovanni Strozzi to pen an epigram, he duly responded in verse himself, writing: “Sleep is dear to me, and being of stone ...

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