Why management will never be like medicine

07/6/2010 | Harvard Business Review

Business leaders aren't experts like doctors or lawyers, whose skill can be measured by their grasp of a specific subject area, writes Richard Barker. Rather, leaders are generalists and improvisers, capable of drawing together and intuiting connections between other people's fields of expertise in order to spur their companies to new heights. That means good leadership can't be taught directly, Barker argues, but can only be absorbed through firsthand experiences and on-the-job mentoring.

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