John Coleman’s short essay for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, “Leadership is Not a Solitary Task,” should inspire presidents, board chairs, board members, and anyone who cares about the direction of an institution.

Coleman notes that “Some of the greatest accomplishments in business, politics, and culture have come not from individual initiative alone but from those working inwith, and for community,” and provides many excellent examples. This essay might spark some helpful conversation at your next board meeting.

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