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Keith Dowding

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526107282

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526107282.001.0001

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Luck and leadership

Luck and leadership

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(p.155) 8 Luck and leadership
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Power, Luck and Freedom
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Keith Dowding

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526107282.003.0009

Some leaders are perceived as powerful, some as weak. Luck plays a large role in those perceptions. In strategic situations, some leaders appear stronger through luck rather than greater resources or ability. That perception then feeds back into the strategic game as reputation, which in turn gives them greater ability. The perception becomes the reality. Furthermore, context can make some appear strong and others weak. Even if the apparently weak get their way more often, that perception feeds into how leaders are regarded, further strengthening or weakening them.

Keywords:   Leadership, Luck, Perception, Power, Prime ministers, Strategic interaction

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