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How Leaders' Origins Influence Their Roles

Idea posted: May 2021
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Leaders have different origin stories—the stories of how they became leaders. For example, some were thrust in leadership positions; others became leaders when they decided to start an initiative. A new study shows that origin stories legitimize leaders in their leadership roles and explain the variety of motivations, styles and personalities through which they enact those leadership roles. 

Idea #792
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Frederick the Great of Prussia, J.H.C. Franke, c.1763

Five Traits of the Better Leader

Idea posted: January 2013
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Institutions: IMD

Becoming a good leader requires having to work hard on yourself, even if good leaders make it look easy. The same traits - or dimensions - that are traditionally considered essential for executives to grow can in fact become a hindrance for them. Executives should practice self-awareness, and learn to adapt when needed.

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