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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 35

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LEARNING FROM

Alexander von Humboldt

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Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt (1769–1859) was one of the most respected scientists of his time, and today he is often described as the last great polymath because of his tremendously wide-ranging interests. From a management perspective this fact alone is not particularly noteworthy; the remarkable fact is that he actively put his extensive knowledge to work to accomplish his various projects.

After completing his studies, which focused on science and technology, he worked as an assessor of mines and later as senior mine manager in the Franconian principalities of the Hohenzollern ...

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