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The End of Leadership by Barbara Kellerman

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Chapter 8

Leadership Complete—leading in time

Can leadership—can learning how to lead—be taught?

The truth is, we don’t know. We don’t know if learning how to lead wisely and well can be taught, for the objective evidence is scant. What we do know, though, is that by and large, “the leadership industry is self-satisfied, self-perpetuating, and poorly policed,” and that by and large these are trying times, in which “the leadership class” has not exactly distinguished itself.

But regardless, the long tradition that Confucius began continues to this day—the tradition of teaching leading. Confucius assumed that a man or even a boy could be taught to lead, so long as his teacher was older and wiser, a sage or a master, and so long as he, the pupil, ...

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