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Don’t follow the pack

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Leaders lead. Followers follow. You can’t do both.

After 23 years of climbing the corporate ladder “like some crazed workaholic monkey,” tech executive Steve Tobak quit his job. He was tired of meetings, conflict and politics. He was tired of living on airplanes and waking up not knowing where he was.

It was early 2003. Blogging was new, so Tobak started a leadership blog, The Corner Office, to augment his consulting.  

He noticed that founders and executives at companies like Virgin, FedEx and Airbnb didn’t make it big by following the pack. They made it by finding a problem that needed to be solved and solving it.

Leadership requires thinking differently. It requires breaking rules and carving new paths.

“It’s about doing what you think is right,” Tobak says, “not what everyone else is doing.”

— Adapted from Real Leaders Don’t Follow, Steve Tobak, Entrepreneur Press.

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