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Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice by Rakesh Khurana, Nitin Nohria

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WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LEADERSHIP?

J. Richard Hackman

AFTER PARTICIPATING in two days of discussions about leadership, I am tempted to suggest in these closing comments that our focal concept is little more than a semantic inkblot, an ambiguous word onto which people project their personal fantasies, hopes, and anxieties about what it takes to make a difference. That would be more provocative than constructive, however, because there really is something there. The challenge is to find it, tame it, and set it off on a course that generates knowledge about leadership that is more robust, cumulative, and useful than what we collectively have produced so far. The papers and discussions at this conference offer a number of leads for doing just ...

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