Selflessness Exercise

The power of selflessness is misunderstood in our competitive culture. The concept is often confused with weakness or self-sacrifice. But the selflessness exemplified by great leaders (think “Band of Brothers” commander Dick Winters, or young Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai) is deeply rooted in strength, self-confidence, courage and resilience. This process is designed to help […]

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Humility Exercise

Humility is a trait of great leadership. It is defined by a sense of fairness, active compassion, and the ability to respond authentically and productively with ever-changing reality. Humility reveals itself in self-confidence without arrogance, modesty without self-importance, and self-respect without excessive self-promotion. Humility admits mistakes, acknowledges the abilities of others, and seeks guidance for […]

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Caring for Others Exercise

Caring for others is fundamental to great leadership. It broadens your vision, deepens your understanding and inspires those you lead. Caring attention and compassionate interaction help build psychological safety, the state in which those you lead feel comfortable contributing their ideas and considering those of others. Your capacity for caring can be developed. You can […]

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Patience Exercise

Patience, one of the key components of leadership and well-being, is a quality of internal peace and calm. Regardless of external circumstances or our personal feelings, we can develop patient responses. A patient response creates space for us and others to adjust to the unexpected, to work through challenges without aggravating them, to regain balance […]

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Courage Exercise

Courage is probably the best-known characteristic of leadership. But what is courage, exactly. Some dictionaries list it as a synonym of “boldness”—but boldness often exists without courage. Bullies, for instance, are often bold, but their behavior is fear-based. Recklessness may seem bold, but can be the result of panic. Many great leaders (FDR, Mandela) and […]

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