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BJ Gallagher, Author, The Leadership Lessons from Oz

“The beauty of metaphor is that it conveys not just information – but meaning.”

        ~ Warren Bennis, leadership expert

Every once in a great while, a metaphorical story comes along that captures the human experience in such a perfect way that it becomes a timeless classic. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is just such a story – it is the tale of Everyman and Everywoman.

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Jay Coughlan, CEO & MD, TruBalanced

Everybody in leadership has some adversity from time to time. The great leaders, the ones we remember and revere, are the ones who find a way to win and move forward with the least collateral damage. Leaders like that are unique, and they do unique things in their organizations, inspiring others to keep moving forward as well.

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Paul J. Zak, PhD, Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Fear or love?  At the most basic level, these are a leader's choices when seeking to motivate followers. Most managers, perhaps due to some hangover from the eighteenth century, lead by fear because, well, it works. Fear may not be explicit, though some managers still scream and yell, but it is often implicit in the "do this or you're out" approach.

Today, we hear a lot about seemingly squishy leadership approaches like "empathy," "humanity" and even "love."  Many business leaders I know would be happy to be Mr. or Ms. Nice at work but they have a feeling that this leadership style is not going to get the job done.  Or, at least that has been the prevailing wisdom.

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