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From leadership to biodiversity: the good of small things

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 27 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4402
  1. Kamran Abbasi, executive editor
  1. The BMJ
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Small things matter. The biologist E O Wilson was first a world expert in myrmecology, the study of ants, before his appreciation of our planet’s evolutionary progress and what the future might hold turned him into the “father of biodiversity.” In The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy we learn the importance of focusing on the smaller matters of the here and now when our bigger ambitions seem too distant to touch.

You might argue that we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, as the psychotherapist Richard Carlson put it, but can a leader, whether in biodiversity, environmental activism, or healthcare, afford to keep …

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