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Personal Reflections On Leadership

Common Findings In Diverse Settings

Discussions on leadership tend to make me uncomfortable since they suggest a formulaic mathematical calculus rather than an art - the leadership expert flaunts his or her superior wisdom by revealing the magic keys that guarantee that those who follow its precise formulas will become successful leaders. My view is that successful leadership is more of an art where the basics - competency, knowledge, management proficiency interpersonal skills, wisdom, vision, goals and priority setting - are important first conditions. But it is the second factor, the unique creativity of the artist or leader in the

use of the basics, that can produce success. Techniques differ as do the situations where leadership artistry is employed; hence, there is no single template. All that can be offered by an experienced leader is some personal reflections on what seems to have worked for him or her.

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