From Barack Obama's smoking habit to Gordon Brown's temper, the best leaders know that flaws should be acknowledged rather than hidden away, writes Martin Davidson. Only leaders who can admit their imperfections are able to ask for help and advice, Davidson argues, while apparently flawless executives risk coming across as inflexible know-it-alls. "Our next great leaders will dare to be flawed and that, in part, is why people will follow them," Davidson adds.

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