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Chapter 2. Classical Theories of Leadership

Chapter 2. Classical Theories of Leadership

A GOOD MAGICIAN is a good theorist. Compare the elegant conjuring of David Copperfield to the fumblings of your neighbor’s ten-year-old son showing you his newly learned tricks from his Great Zookini Junior Magic Kit. It is more than just technical proficiency and subtle handwork that propels you into the sorcerer’s magical realm of transmuting doves and endless pitchers of milk. Rather, it is the magician’s understanding and application of the basic principles of manipulating his audience that allow you to suspend your belief so that he then can levitate you right out of your seat.

Leadership, like magic, is based upon a similar understanding. Your comprehension of basic leadership theory is essential for your growth and potential as a leader. The trick, so to speak, is that your understanding of theory should be so deeply ingrained in your psyche that its application appears casual. A mark of great magicians is that their efforts appear to be effortless! If you see some cut-rate Houdini struggling to make the cards jump from his hands, then you refuse to admit him to that special place in your mind that allows you to suspend your belief. It is that suspension of belief that is the real trick of a great magician.


  

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