Link to a blog post about the crumbling "Great Man Theory of Leadership".
From the blog post:
"Just the other day, a group of young colleagues and I were debating the relevance of the Great Man Theory of Leadership. The theory was propounded by philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who declared that “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” We have grown up with history texts that had us believe that it was the few, the powerful and the famous who shaped our collective destiny."
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Can also recommend a recently published book by Barbara Kellerman on the subject: The end of leadership. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-End-Leadership-Barbara-Kellerman/dp/0062069160/ref=la_B001H6IIVY_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;amp;amp;qid=1337954611&amp;amp;amp;amp;sr=1-1
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen