What We Really Know About Leadership

By Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

Leadership is universal and timeless. People have led and thought about leadership since the beginning of time – from Aristotle to Shakespeare, Sun Tzu to von Clausewitz, from Machiavelli to José Mourinho. And yet it was only in the 1980s that the study of leadership exploded into life. From a theoretical byway it became an intellectual heavy industry with hardly a day passing by without a new theory, treatise or celebration of a leader.

Most of the books and thinking on leadership have a familiar feel. They celebrate the leadership of Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela . . .

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