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56 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2021 Introduction G o o d l e a d e r s h i p a l w a y s makes a difference; unfortu- nately, so does bad leader- ship. is leadership truth continues as we will be talking about the second of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership [1] : the law of influence. Influence e true measure of leadership is influ- ence, nothing more, nothing less. is simple truth is the most powerful trait a great leader can have: the ability to influ- ence others. People oen equate education to leadership, and that you need to be really book-smart to become a great leader. Nothing could be further from the truth, as these facts indicate: • More than 50% of all CEOs of Fortune 500 companies had C or C- averages in college • 65% of all U.S. senators came from the bottom half of their school classes • 75% of U.S. presidents were in the lower-half club in school • More than 50% of millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college Leadership 101— The Law of Influence Now this is not to diminish the value of high- er education or say that great leaders are not smart; quite the opposite. But great leaders and entrepreneurs tend to fall on the creative side and become bored easily with the mun- dane, such as sitting in classrooms, and spend- ing hours upon hours doing homework. ey feel their time is better spent on higher-level thinking and doing, and in some cases feel that The Right Approach by Steve Williams, THE RIGHT APPROACH CONSULTING

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