The known way is not always the safest

It was getting late. I was trekking with a group of police officers from Singapore, on a leadership training program with Outback Initiatives. We scrambled along a narrow path that dropped away to sharp cliff rocks, pounded by an especially vigorous surf. I kept glancing down, imagining how I’d be able to rescue someone should they survive the bone-breaking tumble and be taken by the furious drag of the sea. Outdoor leaders tend to consider the worst, to be prepared (or maybe it’s just my eerie sense of the macabre).
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Three Skills To Master For Effortless Composure

Let’s face it, keeping cool under pressure isn’t easy. When someone is criticising our work, or disagreeing strongly with our perspective, or doing something that is clearly unfair and unreasonable, who hasn’t felt the heat rising and the urge to snarl surge through the veins…

Blurting out something in frustration, or interrupting, or arguing are all signs we’ve dropped our bundle.

We may also be heading for disaster. There are three things at risk when we lose composure:
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Why smart people make dumb leadership decisions

Smart people who accomplish much in their chosen profession are often promoted to leadership roles under the assumption, ‘they are good at their job as a lawyer / accountant / engineer / doctor / academic, they’ll be great as team leader’. Sometimes that assumption is right. Often it is wrong.

Team management is an entirely different set of skills and awareness than what is required for execution of specific professional roles.

There are key mistakes that smart people make as leaders:
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