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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Boasting about rigorous recruiting policies has been sport at the city’s premier financial firms for decades. Even Oxbridge graduates aren’t guaranteed a job interview at blue-ribbon institutions. Instead HR departments pore over cv's for signs that a candidate is preternaturally gifted. Why trust your money to just some clock puncher when you could have a young Einstein instead?
Wrong, says a growing chorus of naysayers, who consider that approach as obsolete as analog TV. If you want somebody who will accomplish great things, they say, don’t waste your time searching for God-given ability. Because “talent” as we’ve traditionally understood it is a myth — and one we’re better off without.
For more, read: The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong ; Outliers: The Story of Success ; The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. ; Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else ; Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success