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Drew Gamatia Freecs. Ryan Murray. Okewole Olayemi Samuel. Daniela Muncaci. Jabari Zakiya. Eduardo Moya. Charles Barker. Marke Green. Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky serve on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Linsky is faculty chair of many of the school's executive programs.

Martha Lagace: Your book with Ronald A. Heifetz describes the personal, often wrenching, challenges of leadership. You mention that the word "lead" has an Indo-European root meaning "to go forth, die. Marty Linsky: Good question. In listening to the stories of literally thousands of men and women over the past quarter century of doing this work, we have found that people aspire to exercise leadership because it gives meaning and purpose to their lives.

Exercising leadership involves the pursuit of objectives that go beyond an individual's personal aggrandizement or material gain. Leadership cannot be disconnected from purpose. The risks are only worth taking, the dangers are only worth confronting, because there is an objective that you believe in and care deeply enough about to put yourself on the line.

New leaders in large organizations are often resented for rocking the boat. How should someone in a leadership role keep a level head when conflict becomes personalized, as it often does? One of the most important keys to survival is to separate yourself from your role when you are carrying a controversial issue in your organization.

People seeking to raise difficult questions are resented because they are creating distress. A system in such disequilibrium can employ many different tactics to try to restore calm, but one of the most tried and true is to personalize the issue so that the person carrying it becomes the subject of the conversation, and not the issue itself.

No one criticizes your style when you are handing out checks; it's only when you are delivering some disturbing news that people come after you personally. It's difficult to resist responding in kind; that's why going after you personally is an effective way to get you to take your eye off the ball. But when you respond personally, you collude with those who are trying to take your issue off the table. Remind yourself that the attack is not about you, even though it is framed that way.

It is about the issue you represent.

You write about four basic dangers that people can encounter when they take on a new leadership role: How do these dangers come into play, and what tools or attitudes can a leader use to overcome these particular dangers? What is common to all of these dangers is that they stem from a desire on the part of the group or community or organization to take you out of your game plan, to restore the status quo by shoving the difficult issue you are trying to surface back under the table where it cannot disturb anyone.

What we found is that the most consistent reason people trying to exercise leadership get taken out is that they did not see it coming. Systems do not announce that they are out to get you. They seek out your vulnerabilities and come after you in a way that is most likely to succeed. The first rule for survival is to get off the dance floor and onto the balcony so you can see what is really happening around you. That is often hard to do. You may need help from confidantes who have no stake in the issue, but who are worried about you.

You need to listen carefully to the song behind the words people are whispering in your ear, rather than taking literally what they say. You need to stay close to the people who your initiative is threatening the most, but also watch carefully your most zealous supporters who may unwittingly push you into a vulnerable spot as their applause and enthusiasm encourages you to step further and further out onto thin ice. What particular leadership challenges if any do you see affecting business people as opposed to government leaders and others in public life?

Let me suggest two generic leadership challenges that seem to us to be more applicable in business settings than in the public sector. First, the private sector is characterized by a clear measure of success: People who raise issues that might challenge the bottom line in the short run or represent competing values make themselves very vulnerable to being marginalized, because the most important organizational value is so widely shared. Secondly, most but by no means all businesses are more or less hierarchical in structure.

In your book, you write that it is important for leaders to listen carefully to the positive feedback they receive as well. And how? We have noticed that many people seeking to exercise leadership are brought down by people who are ostensibly on their side. This can happen in many ways, but two are most common. First, people in your own faction are likely to condition their support for you on your willingness to push harder and harder.

This is the bind in which labor leaders often find themselves. Rank-and-file union members do not experience the conflicting pressures that the leadership is under. They do not see the legitimacy of other, conflicting interests.

And there is always someone else ready to replace the less-than-zealous person out front. People seeking to exercise leadership often respond to these pressures by going further and further out on a limb until they find themselves completely vulnerable to being disregarded because of their unreasonableness.

This might be one way of understanding the bind that is trapping Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Leadership can be understood, in part, as about disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb, as you get them to face the need to make tough trade-offs.

A second danger from your own folks is that you might be turning up the heat on them more than they can stand, and the way they will manifest their discomfort is by trying to lull you into inaction by heaping on the accolades.This continues to be the cornerstone of an adaptive challenge that is happening in our schools. How we get there requires some well thought out planning and resources. That is often hard to do. And how? It would be helpful for the book. Any person who has been divorced with children understands how difficult this is.

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Full Name Comment goes here. Over the last few years there has been a big debate across the country on 21st century schools. People seeking to exercise leadership often respond to these pressures by going further and further out on a limb until they find themselves completely vulnerable to being disregarded because of their unreasonableness.

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