LiNE Zine Fall 2001 - The Changing Nature of Leadership by Jay Crosshttp://www.linezine.com/6.2/articles/jccnol.htm2 of 63/9/08 1:49 PM
As I saw it, the
was to keep things withinreason. Managers were borderguards, reining in behavior thatovershot or undershot acceptedstandards.The
was to draw newboundaries—change the organization,and then to inspire people to get outof their comfort zone and into the newgroove.
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