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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Truth About Leadership: Post #8

Truth Seven—Challenge is the Crucible for Greatness. Think about any historical leaders you admire, and see if they did or did not face down a crisis—Martin Luther King, Jr., Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy. Make your own list. Leaders take on the status quo and are willing to change the way things are done. That’s never easy and always meets resistance. And facing such change resistance takes what the authors call “grit”—or having a vision or goal and sticking it out to meet that goal, not folding when people start whining. Finally, the authors discuss the value and learning that take place whenever leaders fail, at least some time in their careers. And taking those lessons to heart is the heart of leadership.

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