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To be a great leader, you need to start by leading yourself
This post is part of TED's "How to Be a Better Human" series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from someone in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. Being a leader is a little like being a parent, says Lars Sudmann, a former corporate executive, in a TEDxUCLouvain Talk.

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Dee Hock - Founder of Visa Credit Card

“If you look to lead, invest at least 40 percent of your time managing yourself.”

Dee Hock - Founder of Visa Credit Card

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Shortcomings of leaders

Shortcomings of leaders

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...

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Do a "character traits check"

  • Think of someone you thought was a bad leader and list any of the negative behaviors they displayed.
  • Ask yourself if you share any of those behaviors — score 1 for not likely to 5 ...

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Engage in daily reflection

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.

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Leadership and emotional regulation

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...

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