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Why leaders must be resilient

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Have you ever worked with someone who was a manager but not a leader? Ever worked with someone who couldn’t make a decision?

Indecision is a leadership killer. It’s disabling, if not toxic, turning managers into human bottlenecks.

Indecision demoralizes subordinates by blocking their opportunities for excellence and growth. Indecisive bosses manage so as not to lose, rather than lead so as to win.

Why? Failed leaders lack the ability to make tough decisions in which the risk of failure is significant and the consequences of failure seem catastrophic.

To make tough decisions, leaders need fortitude and resilience. They must believe in their ability to rebound from failure. Resilient people can rise from the ashes. They’re willing to take the risks because they know they will not only survive, but thrive.

— Adapted from “How managers become ­leaders: Resilience,” George S. Everly Jr., SmartBlog on Leadership.

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