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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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Becoming a Higher-Ambition Leader

The ability to lead and inspire others stems directly—and I mean directly—from the ability to lead and energize and inspire myself. In those moments when I am crystal-clear about what I stand for, and what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it, and why it matters, I can talk to anybody and get them fired up.

—Peter Dunn, former CEO of Steak ’n Shake

WE HOPE THAT THE examples of the CEOs portrayed in this book will help raise the level of your own leadership ambitions. It is hard to imagine a more energizing, meaningful way to spend your professional life than to play a central leadership role in building a higher-ambition company. But this work is far from easy, as should be clear by now. As Doug Conant suggested, ...

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