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What You Need to Know About Leadership by Liz Fisher, Jeff Grout

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CHAPTER 1

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

  • The distinction between leadership and management
  • How the way we think about leadership has developed
  • The essential leadership characteristics
  • What leaders really do

The world has been fascinated by leadership for as long as man has stood upright. Rather than celebrate collaborative effort, it has long been the case that much of the credit for the success of a group (or responsibility for the failure) is laid at the feet of its leader. Successful leaders have been lauded, admired, honoured and even worshiped. Leaders who were unfortunate enough to oversee a disaster shouldered almost all of the blame. Underlying everything is a fundamental curiosity over why some people lead and others follow. ...

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