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Leadership Today Busting leadership myths in an uncertain world If any business leaders needed reminding, the British vote to exit the European Union and the resulting economic shockwaves offer a timely and riveting example of the galvanizing power of surprise. Another case in point: the current US Presidential campaign, which is shaping up to be a daily lesson in “expecting the unexpected.” Indeed, whether it’s a competitor’s sudden acquisition, a technological breakthrough, or a public R&D setback, the world continues to confound our expectations. Forward-looking executives use such events as catalysts to re-examine their thinking, and to reflect on the underlying assumptions that drive leadership behaviors in order to spot—and root out—mistaken beliefs that make it difficult for us to anticipate change, or worse, prevent us from capitalizing on it. Our experience suggests that four beliefs in particular—leadership myths, really—are the most destructive. By Steven Krupp and Roch Parayre FEATURE 282 Submit your Articles Leadership Excellence Essentials presented by HR.com | 09.2016


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