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{Excerpt} Theories of leadership are divided: some underscore the primacy of personal qualities; others stress that systems are all-important. Both interpretations are correct: a larger pool of leaders is desirable all the time (and super leaders are necessary on occasion) but its development must be part of systemic invigoration of leadership in organizations.

Leadership is a complex and contested subject. But there is no doubt that the consequences of modernity throw up unprecedented challenges that beg better understanding of its nature in organizations.


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Serrat, O. (2010). Leading in the workplace. Washington, DC: Asian Development Bank.

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