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Why Can’t We Figure Out How to Select Leaders? (Working Knowledge)


James Heskett is a Baker Foundation Professor, Emeritus at Harvard Business School and author of the What Do You Think? column on HBS’ Working Knowledge website. From the website:

“What Do YOU Think?” is an ongoing dialogue between Harvard Business School professor Jim Heskett and the readers of HBS Working Knowledge. Each month, Professor Heskett offers his thoughts on specific events and activities in the world of business and their impact on the way managers manage. “What Do YOU Think” invites readers to respond, and selections from these responses are made available online.

In February 2009, Professor Heskett asks “Why can’t we figure out how to select leaders?” In stead of summarizing it here, I encourage you to visit the entire post as well as the 88 comments (now closed) for an interesting examination on the topic of leadership.

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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