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The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise, Second Edition by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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Chapter 1. Decoding the human mystique: Using the prism of the clinical paradigm

 

When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

 
 --SIOUX INDIAN SAYING
 

Nothing ages people like not thinking.

 
 --CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
 

The sweaty players in the game of life always have more fun than the supercilious spectators.

 
 --WILLIAM FEATHER

Organizations are like automobiles. They don’t run themselves, except downhill. They need people to make them work. And not just any people, but the right people. The effectiveness of an organization’s employees – particularly individuals in leadership positions – determines how the organizational “machine” will perform.

Some people are so effective at their job that a leader can do very little ...

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