We look to leaders for many things: confidence, strength, conviction, vision, and judgment, to name just a few. Of the many qualities great leaders exemplify, perhaps none is more important than the ability to remain optimistic in the face of extreme difficulty, while also objectively confronting the challenge.
I enjoyed reading this. It seems well thought out/written. I do my best to use/implement Professor Collins' road map (in whatever work I do). Vice Admiral James Stockdale was someone we could all aspire to be like (and be better off for it). I have found it imperative, as a human, to work on one's self esteem and self-efficacy. That can make for a decent leader. My main concern with the "optimistic" leader's that they will take their team to hell, and do so smiling. No one wants to ride that bus.
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We unpacked the paradox a bit more during this 15 minute discussion.
Here is the audio: