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Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader by Robert J. Thomas

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INVIGORATING THE PRACTICE OF LEADERSHIP

Aligning Organizational Needs with Individual Capabilities

Learning is not compulsory … neither is survival.

—W. Edwards Deming

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.

—Galileo Galilei

DEMING AND GALILEO CAPTURE precisely the double bind that many organizations face. Learning is compulsory, but it cannot be forced. Individual leaders need to grow and develop, to deepen their skills and their capabilities, and to extend the range of situations they can address. And organizations need them to do those things—not because organizations are particularly enlightened, but because great leadership is necessary.

Organizations cannot teach people to lead, though they ...

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