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Leadership for Older Adults by Wendy J. Thompson, Sandra A. Cusack

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CHAPTER

Creating a Culture of Leadership

Good leadership consists of motivating people to their highest levels by offering them opportunities, not obligations…. Life is an opportunity and not an obligation.

—Heider, 1988, p. 135

This chapter takes a deeper look at the needs and desires of seniors and what they need to help them climb to the top of a new mountain. The changing nature of retirement, the changing capacities and needs of seniors, the changing mandates, the conflicts over competing priorities—all the uncertainty and ambivalence represent the chemistry of change. This chemistry can be used as a catalyst to create change, to move an organization toward a more equitable and inclusive sharing of power, and to create empowering relations ...

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