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Robert DeBlois (2000) in an article in Phi Delta Kappan magazine stated that "Maybe being a good leader is neither more or less complicated than knowing who you are and what your job is." Aristotle stated it even more simply as "Know thyself'. What is good leadership? We have had in recent years a plethora of books and articles on leadership from Steven Covey, Anthony Robbins, John Maxwell, to Peter Senge, with ideas on learning to take a risk to ''find new cheese" to using Christopher Robin as a leadership style. What is it that all of these experts have in common? What is at the core of leadership? After reading book after book on leadership and taking seven years of leadership classes, I came across, by accident, DeBlois' article and there in bold print he states part of what I have been thinking about for the past eight years - "knowing who you are..."

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

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Victoria Robinson


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