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Leadership in Action: The Smart People's Club: One Barrier to Leadership by Craig Chappelow

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The Smart People's Club: One Barrier to Leadership

Craig Chappelow

It's not easy being a smart person—not that I know from personal experience, you understand. It's just that I have encountered hundreds of smart people in my work at the Center for Creative Leadership. Most of these encounters occur in one-on-one meetings with managers who are on the receiving end of a 360-degree-feedback report from their co-workers. The smart people I meet are biologists, engineers, actuaries, and, yes, rocket scientists. These were the people who were taking advanced placement courses in high school while I was struggling to remember my locker combination. The smart people I meet possess a combination of superior intellect and ambition that has positioned ...

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