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  • Leading by autobiography

    While leaders may have varying styles, traits and behaviors, one pattern that I discovered relates to a concept I have come to call ‘leading by autobiography’.  This term refers to the idea that inspirational leaders who sustain their effectiveness over time are people who influence others with their stories of identity.  They have a clear sense of who they are,

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  • Sudden (?) interest in storytelling

    I must confess that I am discovering that one should not plan too much in advance when writing a blog.  Today, I would like to attempt to reconcile my plan to write some more about leadership training with my desire to discuss current happenings in my work life. More specifically: my plan was to go into some depth about my

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  • The inspirational leadership of Sir Edmund Hillary

    December 13:  Last week, I came across an article in the Business Education supplement of the Financial Times.  It was written by Frank Brown, dean of INSEAD, on the inspirational leadership of Sir Edmund Hillary, the legendary mountaineer and humanitarian who conquered Everest in 1953. You can find the article here. I was attracted to this article since I have great

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  • The concept of “mastery”, and leadership training

    Last week, in response to a comment by John Antonios, I wrote about deliberate practice.  As I reflected on this concept during the past few days, it brought to mind an interesting book called Mastery, by George Leonard.  I read Leonard’s book years ago, I believe in the early 1990s, and back then it was an entry point for me

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  • More on leadership training and deliberate practice

    I was writing an entry to post this week, but instead of that entry I decided to respond to the comment of John Antonios, since I found it quite interesting.  John is a former student of mine in Grenoble, and the kind of student I appreciate very much, since he is constantly reflecting about himself, the world, and his place

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  • Natural “gifts”, talent, and leadership training

    Since the question of ‘natural born leaders’ keeps coming back to me from individuals in my corporate seminars and classes, I will continue the discussion of leadership training by showing some of the recent evidence that we are more in control of our leadership development than we ever thought possible. Today, an overwhelming majority of successful business leaders, teacher and

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