As much as we might like to try to frame Leadership in terms of nice tidy constructs such as “best practices” or “core competencies,” it is actually a much more personal proposition than that.
Here’s a link to a 9-minute video featuring Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge (not to mention the foreword to Otherwise Engaged). In it, Jim makes the argument that, not so surprisingly, the leaders who have been most influential in people’s lives generally come from nowhere near the corner office.
Listen for the brief anecdote about the CEO of Northrop Grumman about halfway in. It does a good job of capturing the essence of the matter.