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Leadership Tips, Vol. 115

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Know yourself. Credentials and technical prowess alone do not make leaders. Two myths: 1. Anyone can become a leader. 2. Leadership can be cooked up by following a recipe.

Advice: Assess yourself candidly to see if you have the chops for leadership.

— Adapted from The Ten Golden Rules of Leader­­ship: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders, M.A. Soupios and Panos Mourdou­kou­tas, Amacom.

Steep learning curve. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella created a furor by suggesting female employees rely on company systems and “karma” to get ahead. He provoked an immediate outcry, quickly re­­tracted what he’d said, and drew the kind of outrage from men typically voiced only by women.

— Adapted from “Why I’m glad Satya Nadella gave that awful career advice to women,” Mónica Guzmán, The Seattle Times.

Discover your purpose. In Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hil­­ton, former Air Force pilot and prisoner of war Lee Ellis says the first steps to leadership are plumbing your character, connecting with your purpose and then using the best features of your personality to lead.

— Adapted from Military Professional Reading Lists, Special Operations Command, Pacific.

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