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How Much Leadership Is Symbolic?

Lessons to learn from the world political stage.

Wednesday 2 December 2009

“Last week, President Obama held his first state dinner, an occasion devoid of substance but full of symbolic choices -- about the guest list, the menu, the entertainment and even the first lady's dress. How much is leadership really about this sort of symbolic signaling? How important is it in accomplishing substantive goals?”

Leadership is a complex topic and there always seems to be a new take on it.  I came across this article via Google alerts and whilst it talks of leadership on the world stage and particularly that of President Obama, it does have a relevance to the workplace leadership for many of us.   Click on the link to read the articles in the Washington Post.




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