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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 39

Recognize the Most Important Promotion

LEARNING FROM

Barack Obama

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Most people believe that promotion to the top of an organization is the most important promotion. Let us critically examine this assumption and learn from U.S. President Barack Obama (born in 1961).

Undoubtedly, promotion into the circle of top managers is fabulous for anyone intent on a great career. However, instead of viewing this as the most important kind of promotion, I suggest classifying it as the highest promotion. When deciding how to fill top jobs, management selects people from among a small, preselected group. For the executives involved, their highest promotion ...

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