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Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential by Jay Moran, Jeffrey Cohn

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Integrity

One of the truly famous leaders of our time became president of a Fortune 500 company when he was only forty-four. At an age when most people are still struggling for professional recognition, he had reached the top. People called him a genius. A rainmaker. A superstar.

His story didn't start that way, however. He wasn't born with a silver spoon. The son of a machine-parts salesman, he spent his youth in blue-collar towns. He was a rather nerdy child, a self-described loner who earned good grades. He worked hard; as a teenager, he saved fifteen thousand dollars at an after-school job. Later he won an engineering scholarship to Southern Methodist University and then distinguished himself as a junior bank officer in Texas. Everyone ...

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