Leigh Buchanan for Inc. Magazine on the German Mittelstand:

In my conversations with Mittelstand CEOs, that word came up again and again. Leadership, by contrast, they largely dismissed as an abstraction. “I think leadership is a very, very, very strong word,” says Klais. “I see it more as a responsibility issue. And not just being responsible for the financial situation but also for a team of 65 people that have supported this workshop for a very long time and for this working place on which they are depending.”