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What is the most valuable lesson you've learned about leadership?

The most valuable lesson I've learned in leadership is being comfortable with “the worst possible outcome”. When you experience this, it allows you to operate with less worry and restrictions. A boss stated to me “For you to be the most effective leader you can be, you have to be ok with the worst possible outcome!”.

She posed the question to me by asking “what’s the worst thing which could happen to you at work?”. My answer was “I could be fired”. And she asked me to tell her what I would do in the event that I was fired. My answer was simple “I would dust myself off, update my resume, my spirituality would help me and I would find another job.”

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