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"From the Ted Talk by Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader"

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Now, I've spent 25 yaers of my professional life observing what makes great leaders. I've worked inside Fortune 500 companies, I've advised over 200 CEOs, and I've cultivated more leadership pipelines than you can imagine. But a few years ago, I ncteoid a disturbing trend in leadership preparation. I noticed that, despite all the efforts, there were familiar stories that kept rcsfniarueg about individuals. One story was about cirhs, a high-potential, superstar leader who moves to a new unit and fails, dyrtieonsg ubarneovlcree value. And then there were stories like Sidney, the CEO, who was so frustrated because her company is cited as a best company for leeadrs, but only one of the top 50 leaders is eepiqpud to lead their crucial initiatives. And then there were stories like the senior leadership team of a once-thriving business that's surprised by a market shift, finds itself having to force the cmaopny to reduce its size in half or go out of bsiunses.

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Now, I've spent 25 _____ of my professional life observing what makes great leaders. I've worked inside Fortune 500 companies, I've advised over 200 CEOs, and I've cultivated more leadership pipelines than you can imagine. But a few years ago, I _______ a disturbing trend in leadership preparation. I noticed that, despite all the efforts, there were familiar stories that kept ___________ about individuals. One story was about _____, a high-potential, superstar leader who moves to a new unit and fails, __________ _____________ value. And then there were stories like Sidney, the CEO, who was so frustrated because her company is cited as a best company for _______, but only one of the top 50 leaders is ________ to lead their crucial initiatives. And then there were stories like the senior leadership team of a once-thriving business that's surprised by a market shift, finds itself having to force the _______ to reduce its size in half or go out of ________.

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  6. resurfacing
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Now, I've spent 25 years of my professional life observing what makes great leaders. I've worked inside Fortune 500 companies, I've advised over 200 CEOs, and I've cultivated more leadership pipelines than you can imagine. But a few years ago, I noticed a disturbing trend in leadership preparation. I noticed that, despite all the efforts, there were familiar stories that kept resurfacing about individuals. One story was about Chris, a high-potential, superstar leader who moves to a new unit and fails, destroying unrecoverable value. And then there were stories like Sidney, the CEO, who was so frustrated because her company is cited as a best company for leaders, but only one of the top 50 leaders is equipped to lead their crucial initiatives. And then there were stories like the senior leadership team of a once-thriving business that's surprised by a market shift, finds itself having to force the company to reduce its size in half or go out of business.

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