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Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading by Marty Linsky, Ronald A. Heifetz

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Introduction

Every day the opportunity for leadership stands before you.

• A father gets drawn into the same old destructive argument at the dinner table, but one day breaks out of the pattern and seeks family counseling.

• An investment banker nearly closes a $100 billion acquisition, but confounds everyone by putting the whole deal at risk when she asks, “Can these companies create synergies fast enough to satisfy the investors, given the current talent and different cultures within each of the businesses?”

• A politician challenges constituents to accept responsibility for locating a prison in their community, rather than chant the same old slogan, “Not in our backyard!”

• A neighbor watches the nice kid down the street getting lost in his ...

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