Summary of Better Under Pressure
How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others
Copyright 2011 Esaress Holding, Ltd. Summarized by permission of Harvard Business Press
Learn the three traits that help successful CEOs thrive under pressure.
As Scottish Victorian-era writer Thomas Carlyle once noted, “No pressure, no diamonds.” Perhaps this is why some CEOs can thrive under pressure and achieve even more stellar results than under normal circumstances. How can you emulate these stalwart leaders? Executive recruiter Justin Menkes interviewed 60 former and current CEOs and assessed 200 CEO candidates with cognitive-ability testing, behavioral interviewing and peer performance ratings. He discovered that leaders who prosper under pressure share three characteristics: “realistic optimism,” “subservience to purpose” and the ability to “find order in chaos.” Menkes provides fresh, solid real-life examples to support his views of what it means to be a strong leader. Though he tends to reiterate his main message, getAbstract recommends his clear, straightforward analysis to executives, aspiring CEOs and anyone dealing with high-pressure situations.
In this summary, you will learn
- How to maximize your potential and draw out the potential of those around you, and
- What three traits great leaders share.
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