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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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SPOTTING LEADERS WITH VISION

Vision is one of the most difficult attributes to recognize in a leader. Often people confuse it with charisma. They mistake confident speech about big change as being the same as having a vision. It isn't. In fact, a good vision is much more sophisticated than that.

It all starts with imagination and an inquisitive mind. During an interview, we look for a candidate's ability to ask big, unusual questions, to demonstrate the kind of imagination that leads to “what if?” For example, we once interviewed an executive at a computer supply company. He was an engineer who had quickly moved up the ranks. Unlike most other engineers, though, his career path spanned multiple functions, including operations, marketing, and ...

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