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A Real Leader

“What is leadership?” That age old question has been teasing us for generations. Gurus often cite the characteristics of a leader. Others quote famous passages from field generals of yore, and still others share examples of respected titans of business they hope will exemplify the leadership qualities we all aspire to. Yet, the question itself is almost unanswerable.

Ready, Willing, and Prepared

Without a plan for assimilation, even a well-educated, career tested, son or daughter will suffer a lack of respect and tests of authority from an operation’s existing leadership team. In succession, we often work through the ‘parents to partners, children to colleagues’ transition. But we rarely discuss overcoming the challenges of introducing a next-generation family leader into a current leadership team.