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Leadership: are you a "deal doer" or a people-builder?

In How Will You Measure Your Life?" (HBR July-Aug 2010), innovation guru Clayton Christensen makes a statement that you and I are likely to agree with ... that students take MBA programs thinking that a career in business is about doing deals — buying, selling, and investing in companies. In fact, we might quickly add that most managers are implementors of that thought.

However, says Christensen, "Management is the most noble of professions if it's practiced well." Well, when can you say that management has been practiced well? Christensen's answer: when you help people learn ... and make them grow.

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