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This is where many leaders spend the bulk of their time, and it is without question a crucial element of the leader’s job description. In most instances, to lead is to help others become better versions of themselves. It was Andy Janning that first got me thinking about this, but this concept can be seen in organizations, families, society, and even film. Andy pointed out that many heroic leaders in movies – think William Wallace in Braveheart, Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, or Morpheus in The Matrix, for example – do just this within the context of their stories. They encounter others, inspire them, lead them, and help them become – and this is important to note – not different people, but rather, better versions of the people they already are.

Peter Westerman

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