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Leaders often don't have someone who can say no to them:

In my interview with Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, I asked him about the biggest mistakeleaders make:

Gautam: Over time, it’s grandiosity.

Eric: Hubris?

Gautam: Yeah. You live in an environment where everybody constantly tells you how great you are, and you begin to believe it.

Eric: Yeah. Even Machiavelli said a leader needs people who are going to be honest with them, because everybody’s going to kiss their ass.

Gautam: Exactly… The CEO of a major corporation, how often does he or she hear the word “no”? How often does someone challenge their basic preconceptions about the world?

We constantly hear about the need for more information, but when it comes to strategic leadership that’s often not really the problem.

Leaders have information. But as former Harvard professor Richard Tedlow explains, they often just don’t want to hear it.

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