There are four main kinds of leader -- top executives, senior managers, people-focused leaders and operational managers -- and organizations need all four to thrive, write Stosh Walsh and Paula Walker. That means firms should assign people based on the specific kind of leadership that's needed and give them the resources to cultivate the specific skills needed. "Finally, leaders must have the autonomy and authority to execute in their spheres of influence," Walsh and Walker write.

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