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Often leaders have chosen to stay on when they should have bowed out. Without intending to, they often undo much of their own work and cause problems for their successors.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, accounted for his limitations by issuing an order to ignore instructions he gave in the evenings – when he liked to carouse with his friends. But...
A job can subtly warp your judgement so that you only see things from one perspective.
Think of Richard Nixon trying to use the institutions of the American government to shut down the...
Effective leaders are able to manage both the day-to-day issues that press in on them and the bigger picture. A knowledge of history shows patterns amidst all the noise of current events and rem...
Choosing good and independent subordinates and listening to them is a safeguard against making bad decisions.
In the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy insisted on hearing...
That means above all understanding your audience and targeting your speech.
Winston Churchill and Pres. Roosevelt masterfully used their communication skills to prepare and keep their ...
The people to keep on side can vary: in a democracy, leaders need to worry about who's important in their context.
Bismarck sought to keep a stable relationship with Wilhelm of Germany...
Leading can be gratifying but also lonely. Ambition and the determination to succeed may mean sacrificing friends and family.
Think of how many children of great men have had unhappy l...
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Recognize when you can't beat your competitors and find a way to differentiate yourself.
During the Cuban missile crisis, many of JFK's advisors advised a full military invasion of Cuba. JFK held off on these plans, opting instead for a naval blockade and negotiations with Soviet leaders, all while planning for a possible invasion if these tactics failed.
Don't commit yourself to a strategic path without first evaluating all of the options available to you.
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The point is that the more specific a lesson of history is, the less relevant it becomes.
One of the interesting parts of the Great Depressions from history is not just how the economy collapsed, but how quickly and dramatically people’s views changed when it did.
People suffering from immediate, unexpected adversity are likely to adopt views they previously thought absurd. It’s not until your life is in full chaos (with your hopes and dreams your dreams unsure) that people begin taking ideas they’d never consider before seriously.
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“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive..."
Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.
While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.
“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”
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