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Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host

Margaret Wheatley with Debbie Frieze

The Big Idea

Get ready for a wake-up call to the common among us—which is to say a call to all of us.  In this short paper published in Resurgence Magazine (Winter 2011) Margaret Wheatley takes a unique position regarding leadership.  She will argue that the place to look for true leadership in an age of complexity is inward, and not outward to the time-worn desire for heroes to come to our rescue.

Early on, Wheatley refers to the opening line of the William Stafford poem, Allegiance: “It is...

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