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Calm leadership: Embracing the difficulty of leadership

To be a truly calm leader we must accept the responsibility of leadership, accept that it is tough, and embrace the difficulties if we are to improve. Patrick Cozier continues his series on calm leadership

Accept the responsibility of leadership
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

I love watching clips of my favourite inspirational speakers. They all have one belief in common – leadership is difficult, so get used to it!

The quote above sums it up. To be a calm leader, one must not wrestle with or lament the fact that leadership is difficult. To wish leadership to be easy is unrealistic and unachievable – meaning you will forever be anything but calm.

However, by focusing on your self-development to become better, stronger, more resilient, you will retain control.

More than 16 years ago, at the start of my headship, everything felt ridiculously difficult and often very scary.

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