Summary of What It Takes to Be a Great Leader

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How should leaders prepare for 21st-century challenges?


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Leadership expert Roselinde Torres examines why even promising leaders are struggling despite intensive development programs and coaching. After studying leadership practices in a variety of organizations around the world, Torres identifies three essential questions for modern leaders. getAbstract suggests that answering them may prepare you to take on today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why leadership development programs are falling short,
  • What characteristics and practices typify great leaders, and
  • What three crucial questions you should ask to determine your effectiveness as a leader.


Most people cling to the image of the omniscient, heroic leader. But this is a figure of the past. Similarly, leadership development programs look backward rather than focusing on present or future needs. A
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About the Speaker

Roselinde Torres is a leadership consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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