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Real Leaders Don't Lead From Behind

While Barack Obama never publicly uttered the phrase "leading from behind," one of his advisors – a White House official – did use it to describe the president's Arab Spring policy, as quoted in a 2011 New Yorker piece by Ryan Lizza :"One of his advisers described the President's actions in Libya as 'leading from behind.' It's a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is reviled in many parts of the world."This may surprise you, but the concept of "leading from behind" or being a "fast follower" has been around for quite some time. It's been used before as political doctrine and business strategy. And it's as remarkably flawed and ultimately doomed to failure as empty slogans like "hope and change."When Steve Jobs returned to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in 1997, the company was run by a guy named Gil Amelio. Jobs didn't think much of Ameli...

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