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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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A QUESTION OF BALANCE AND INTEGRITY

In our experience, individuals who exhibit a balance of passions are the ones most likely to succeed. In other words, in the end, the right question is not who is the most ambitious or the most driven to learn and bond with others, but rather whether a particular individual is ambitious or socially driven enough. Does she exhibit a healthy balance in the drives to achieve, learn, and grow? When it comes to passion, does an individual's behavior allow the expression of each of these? This is the sign of a strong leader.

People who are dominated by one particular drive often fall short as leaders. Consider ambition. All of us know people who are wildly ambitious, and this drive can carry them a very long way. ...

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