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Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value by Tobias Fredberg, Nathaniel Foote, Russell A. Eisenstat, Michael Beer

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Creating Community Out of Diversity

If you thrive on diversity, if you like different foods, if you like to travel, and if you like to speak the global language of bad English, come to us, because that’s what we are about.

—Leif Johansson, Volvo

HIGHER-AMBITION LEADERS PLACE great emphasis on developing their organizations as global communities—social organizations that create a mutual sense of belonging that transcends business and functional differences, as well as professional, ethnic, cultural, and national identities. Why do they do so? Because these CEOs have learned that creating a strong social fabric is fundamental to the health of the enterprise and to its financial success. The threads of this fabric—informal relationships across ...

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