Dialogue Q2 2019

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The five ambassadors of leadership John Davis looks at five timeless leadership characteristics – and picks five business leaders who embody them today

For all the advances made by modern medicine, the Fountain of Eternal Youth has proved elusive. The Fountain of Eternal Leadership remains similarly out of reach. But we’ve achieved a lot in trying to reach them, and – in leadership as in medicine – discovered some timeless truths of benefit to us all. When it comes to our pursuit of youth, humanity has made incredible strides in delaying the onset of old age and ill health. Dialogue Q2 2019

Research has identified behaviours and routines – regular exercise, a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle, mindfulness – that can help us enjoy a better quality of life as we age. When it comes to leadership, it often seems that leaders reflect their times: the qualities we admire change depending on context. But it is increasingly clear this isn’t the full story. A growing body of social science shows that there are certain practices and behaviours

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