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    How to understand this sentence?

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    So the character of leadership may be approached from two different directions. On the one hand, it is a descriptive term to refer to the characteristics of the role – “what leaders do when they accomplish well what is formally expected of them”. On the other hand, we understand “character” as having a strong ethical resonance. In a school context, it has been described as the conscience, or moral compass, of the community – doing what is right, just and equitable.

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by shwm View Post
    what leaders do when they accomplish well what is formally expected of them
    It means when leaders successfully achieve what is expected of them.

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    I know the what-clause is the object of 'accomplish', but what does 'what leaders do' refer to here? Does it mean 'what leaders will do when they accomplish...'?

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    Yes, Matthew.

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    I parse it as "what leaders do in order to accomplish ... etc."

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    "what leaders do in order to accomplish ... etc."
    If so, I would think 'when' is wrongly used in the original, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    Matthew,

    It refers to, and is an explanation of, their "role" as leader.

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    Could it be rewritten as 'what leaders do when they seek to accomplish...'?

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    As written, it seems perfectly acceptable. However, I don't think it quite works in the context of the sentence.

    The original means "their role as leaders when they accomplish...." i.e. when they complete what they have promised. It means they show leadership really only when they are successful in carrying out their promises.

    "When they seek to accomplish...", means "when they try to accomplish...." i.e. "try to" means that they may not actually accomplish what they have promised.

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    Re: How to understand this sentence?

    Does 'what leaders do before they can accomplish...' work in this context?

    BTW, I think the OP should have used 'How should I' instead of 'How to' in the thread title, which is a question, but I am not a teacher.

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