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To be a leader — even a relentlessly perky one — you must be yourself.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you cave in to higher-ups too easily — often conscripting your people to do too much work in the process — look for these warning signs:
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, working at hard labor in a quarry, with a floor for a bed and a bucket for a toilet. He was allowed one visitor a year — for a half-hour — one exchange of letters every six months.
The next time you have to deliver bad news about cutbacks or even just a change in procedure, take some cues from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who told the nation via radio in 1942 that it had to accept severe rationing and higher taxes to support the World War II effort.
We don’t know a whole lot about the modest childhood of Stephen Decatur, the youngest man to serve as a captain in the fledgling U.S. Navy. But Decatur had a heck of a mother.
Lance Armstrong wants you to know that life holds no guarantees.
Nobody can live — much less lead — from a position of despair. Keep your optimism in shape using these five exercises:
People can take tough news if you deliver it honestly, appeal to their nobler sentiments and listen to yourself from their vantage point.
Has your fast trip to the top given you a slightly enlarged head? Did it leave you isolated? From this moment on, quit relying on what you already know, and start learning what you need to thrive at a higher altitude.
Humans are not exactly rational creatures, and negotiating ranks among the least rational of our activities. Consider this explanation from researchers Keith Stanovich of the University of Toronto and Richard West of James Madison University:
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