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[Excerpt] The quintessential leader is an informed leader. So it is said. However, this concept of being informed seems to lack definition and purpose. What does it mean to be informed? And what is the role of information in leadership?

People often think that leaders are informed because they are educated or quick learners. To some extent this may be true. A more realistic view would be that they use their education in a manner that positions themselves and those around them to succeed and sustain their success. How do they do this? An explanation follows.


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Basefsky, S. (2013). Leadership and the role of information: Making the creatively informed questioner [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:

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