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Being a leader is a little like being a parent. You have all the best intentions of how great you will be and how you will avoid the mistakes you see other people make.
But, people in a leadership role find it is not that easy; they have too much to do and not enough time; they don't properly think through their priorities; they assume that people beneath them will take care of a lot of problems.
Every day, take 5 minutes to think about the challenges you've recently handled and the ones that you'll still need to manage.
Ask yourself how your leadership failed yesterday. How should you have faced those challenges? What about your challenges today? What would you do differently?
Regardless of how well you are prepared for a situation, there will always be people who will frustrate or anger you.
When those situations arise, first ask yourself, on a scale of 1 to 10, how important the issue is at the moment. With anything less than a 6, take a break and ask yourself how a leader you aspire to be would handle this situation.
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