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“ The inescapable dilemma of every leader is the gap between deeply held personal beliefs concerning right and wrong, good and evil, and the requirements of working in environments in which these principles become muddled in a messy world.”
“ The first thing a leader does is situate himself in a public discourse, and construct a narrative relating what has been done previously to what he proposes to do in the moment at hand. The basic parameters of the politics of leadership is set here….” Scott Skowronek
Leaders should have some idea of the medium in which potential actions move in their heads, their hearts, and the language and culture that defines what they think and how they feel and perceive the outside world.
Potential decisions rest on perceptions and judgments; value system
Leadership roles often do not support, confirm, or resonate with the psychic needs of the person who become a leader
The gap between the demand of the organizational role and the requirements for “dramatic effectiveness” may cause a leader to become lost and is put in a position in which her moral compass has become confused or points to a false position