Times of crisis separate good from bad leaders. In this episode, we continue to define the qualities of a good leader. An ability and willingness to innovate in response to difficult times is one mark of a good leader. Innovation and creativity – responding effectively to new and changing situations – means not falling back on old coping mechanisms which may be inappropriate for the current challenge. This requires leaders to confront their limitations. In critical situations, do they let emotions cloud their perspective? Are they unwilling to take risks? Can they reexamine their priorities? Are they hiding behind a proscribed role? Will they look out for the people depending on them or become self-absorbed? Good leaders display courage and strength in dealing with themselves so that others may follow their example.

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