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The Power of Paradox by Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier

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Chapter 4

The Importance of Leaders at All Levels

“Leadership is action, not position.”

—John C. Maxwell

As an individual, you may find it very easy to absorb and use paradox thinking to shine in problem-solving, both as a personal and a career development tool. When it comes to integrating paradox thinking into company-wide strategic planning and operations, however, there is strength in numbers. No matter where you sit in the organizational hierarchy, you can lead those around you to an awareness of the power of “and.” Essentially, you add “change leader” to your job description.

In this chapter, I feature approaches to leading such change, which is potentially dramatic. If your organization’s culture has always functioned with a guiding principle ...

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