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The Perils of Being Shaped for Leadership

Building on the example of Warren Buffett’s announcement of a likely successor, Gianpiero Petriglieri of INSEAD explains that there are better ways to prepare talented employees for leadership positions than ‘shaping’ them to fit in the mould of current leaders' ideas of what good leaders should be like.

In this recent article, originally published in Forbes, Gianpiero argues that leading well entails articulating a vision that is both genuinely one's own and reflective of the aspirations of one's followers. It is not enough to fit the profile drawn by those who came before.

The article is supported by comments from Darryl Eales. Community articles are produced directly by and for the Criticaleye Community.











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Gianpiero Petriglieri
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
INSEAD

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