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During #COVID19 I've been home-schooling my kids in #Europeanhistory. It's taught me a few lessons in #leadership. (1/5)
1. Innovation thrives in crisis. The #BlackDeath killed 60 percent of Europe’s population in the 14th century. But it directly led to innovations like humanist thinking, the middle class and the Reformation. Now is the time for leaders to demonstrate creativity, not panic. (2/5)
2. Challenge your beliefs. Did you know Napoleon wasn’t short? He was about average for his time. Too often as leaders, we believe the things we want to believe. It’s easier to exaggerate our competitors’ weaknesses, for example, than to be honest about our own. (3/5)
3. Be worthy of trust. "She is only a woman," the pope said of Elizabeth I in 1585, "and yet she makes herself feared by all.” Unlike her predecessors, she understood monarchs ruled by popular consent & earned the trust of her advisers and people. (4/5)
4. Balance being loved & feared. Machiavelli said in 1513 that “it is much safer to be feared than loved." But a business #leader doesn't have to choose. Start with compassion and empathy, but put transparent systems in place for evaluating performance fairly. (5/5) #HRtip
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