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Preparing for Leadership by Deborah Dennis Meola, Donna J. Dennis

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What Is Leadership?

To lead people, walk beside them.

—Lao-tsu

You may not realize it, but you already have an image of what leadership looks like. If you brainstorm a list of exceptional political leaders over the course of history, you would probably name such figures as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan—you probably can think of more.

What makes a good leader? What characteristics do good leaders all have in common? Where do they differ? Does the task make the leader or does the leader make the task? In short, what is leadership? The great leaders of history come ...

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