Searching for the first principles of leadership

09/17/2009 | Harvard Business Review online

At a meeting with a group of senior executives from one company, Norm Smallwood asked the question: "What are qualities of effective leaders?" What he got was a list of responses that weren't cohesive. "They had no clue," he writes. Smallwood, along with two colleagues, came up with a list of five rules of decoding leadership.

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