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'The Godfather' and how to build up partnerships

Building up strategic partnerships is, for a manager, one sure key to success. According to one of the greatest movies of all time, creating a network is essential to your success as a leader.

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MORE IDEAS FROM An Offer You Can't Refuse: Leadership Lessons From "The Godfather"

In order to keep your business running, sometimes you must be though with the ones around you, as you are responsible not only for your own actions, but also for the others'. Or at least this is what 'The Godfather' provided us all with as an important leadership lesson. Moreover, making good decisions almost always implies not getting emotional, as emotions kind of get in your way to see things clearly.

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While it presents crimes and a tough world, 'The Godfather' also gives us an insight of how important the family should be in our life. Spending time with your family and friends makes you see things from a different perspective, which often leads to better decisions.

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This worldwide famous movie provided us all with quite a few useful lessons, among which the one concerning how much a leader's determination counts. One sure way to make your team respect you is to always stick to your decision, once taken.

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  • Understand the different outcomes that could happen (both positive and negative)
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  • Understanding the magnitude of the return or loss
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Make Your Enemies Into Allies

Pointing out others’ mistakes rarely encourages them to change their behavior, and it certainly doesn’t help them learn anything. People aren’t driven by reason, but by emotion; so a public critique is far likelier to reflect poorly on you than it is to make them change their ways.

Abraham Lincoln was nearly forced into a duel for criticizing an opponent. His new policy became one of understanding what drove his opponents, accepting their shortcomings and going easy on the open criticism, eventually even turning some into friends. 

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Exercising Integrity

Not every leader is benevolent. Many leaders have insight, initiative, influence, and impact but their lives and legacies are tainted by a lack of integrity.

A great leader must have a life integrated with the highest values so the impact of his/her leadership is positive.

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