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Chapter 5: Behind-the-Scenes Leadership and Leading from the Front

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Behind-the-Scenes Leadership and Leading from the Front
Behind-the-scenes leadership and leading from the front

A key issue in this particular leadership dialectic is the relative visibility of leaders. This presents important questions such as: Why be a visible leader and ‘lead from the front’? What are an individual's motivations for being seen publicly to be a leader? Is it important to be seen on a daily basis, or is behind-the-scenes-leadership equally effective? This discussion begins with considering some implications of ‘leading from the front’ versus ‘leading from behind the scenes’. To elucidate these issues, we use cases of front-line versus behind-the-scenes leadership from the UK fashion chain NEXT.

In considering leadership visibility, ...

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