Without a doubt, given the unrealistic-and sometimes conflicting-demands of boards of directors, employees, leadership gurus, recruiters, consultants, and the business press, there will forever be a leadership shortage, and it will get worse each year. And each year that passes without increasing rates of profit and share price, higher employee-satisfaction ratings, and all-around omniscience, the leader shortage will most certainly increase. Clearly, the shortage is as real as the oil crisis of the 1970s. The self-serving interests of the gurus, consultants, and journalists have overlooked the blindingly obvious. It is a self-inflicted crisis derived from a myth and perpetuated by the confusion created by wildly divergent interests.