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CHAPTER 59

The Role of Leadership in the Management of Organizational Transformation and Learning

Edgar H. Schein

LEADERSHIP NOWADAYS bears a heavy burden. Leaders must create visions, must know how to articulate them, and must be able to implement them (Bennis, 1989). They must create learning organizations (Senge, 1990). They must create, embed, evolve, and change culture (Schein, 1992). They must be charismatic (Conger, 1989). They must be servants rather than masters (Greenleaf, 1977). And in all of this they must be authentic, credible, wise, and decisive (Kouzes, 1993; Kotter, 1990).

I would like to add another set of “musts” to this list, but to be a bit more specific than many of the prescriptions offered nowadays. We are in an era where ...

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