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Dear Anna
I’ve been asked to take on a new leadership role.  It’s a role that a number of people have held over the years and no one seems to have been able to make it work.  Do you have any tips to increase my chances of success?

Every now and again there is a role that a person really makes their own.  Their success becomes linked to the way a role is performed and it can make it hard for the people that follow.  Stuart Sidle calls these roles “haunted” in his review of research into the downside of leaving a legacy.  The “ghost” in this case is the expectations that linger about the way the role must be done.   Inheriting a legacy is one thing, finding a ghost is quite another.  Here are some tips to ritually cleanse your role and set yourself up for success.

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