The nature of good leadership, when “leading” has become more a commodity than a passion, is now so overwritten as to render almost any analysis of it hackneyed from first principles.

There are all the standard component parts — conviction, vision, purpose, advice, compromise, and so on — each one the soil from which a thousand corporate breakaway sessions or strategic courses have grown. Google “leadership” and a myriad easy-to-follow checklists will populate your screen, each element of which you can “aspire” to, “learn from” and “personally develop”.

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