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4. Prioritize, then execute!

4. Prioritize, then execute!

In high intensity & high pressure environments, in order to be effective, one has to prioritize the most important thing and tackle it first. Then, repeat.

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Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

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"Instead of letting the situation dictate our decisions, we must dictate the situation."

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2. Standards are what you tolerate

As the leader, it is your fault when your team members under-performed because you accepted and tolerated it. Not standing for less than excellent performance is more important than setting lofty standards.

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1. Seize accountability, don't avoid it

When something goes wrong, you should seek responsibility instead of avoiding it. You, as the leader, need to figure out what you can do to correct for the team.

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3. All team members must be bought in to the mission

To do so, they must know the "why" behind the mission. When each team member understands the goals and reasons for a mission, everyone benefits.

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A leader's vision may or may not be that different from the next person's; what can set them apart is the vigour with which they pursue that strategy.

Zhou Enlai served as premier of the People's Republic of China and throughout his life relentlessly pursued his moderate and pragmatic agenda while attempting to mitigate the worst effects of Mao's policies.

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As a leader, your shortcomings will be highlighted more than your strengths. 

Criticism is something you should expect and get used to. Face the fear head on by regularly requesting anonymous feedback from your team.

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