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6POWERFUL PRACTICE #5: MAINTAINING PROPER BOUNDARIES

Being the leader of the Huns is often a lonely job.

—Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun,by Wess Roberts, PhD1

Introduction

How is it that leadership at the very top of a well-populated organization such as the Huns, can be a “lonely job”? In part, Attila’s lament mirrors the feeling that compelled Harry Truman to place a famous sign on his presidential desk:

“The buck stops here.”

Leaders feel lonely because some decisions can’t be shared with a peer or passed “up the ladder” to a higher position. Many final decisions rest on top of leaders’ shoulders and their shoulders alone. The gravity of these decisions may beg for outside assistance. However, individuals at the top rung of organizations ...

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