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Lessons learned on Mount Everest

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in Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

Recently, we interviewed Jim Whittaker. As the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest, he shared his approach to achieve his goal.

A research study of his 1963 expedition, cited in The Leadership Moment, concludes that one of the most impressive features of Whittaker’s climbing team was its “countercyclical” attitude. When conditions on Everest gave reason for optimism, team members turned cautious; when conditions turned adverse, their mood brightened.

“Thus their spirits rarely got too high to encourage recklessness or so low as to cause despair,” writes the book’s author, Michael Useem.

Learn from the climbers’ balanced outlook and adjust your attitude as conditions change. Temper your victories by embracing new challenges. And see the silver lining in demoralizing defeats.

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