By C. Miller
Six Questions to Define Leadership
The best lessons in life often come from repetition, severe emotional events, and failures. It's why we train to reinforce skills and create situations that are hopefully worse than anything encountered in real life. There is an additional component to these lessons, the maturity to intellectually interrogate the events and extract the critical information that frames the knowledge for future decisions. The best mentors try to pass this information on in an effort to help the next generation avoid learning these same difficult lessons the hard way. Unfortunately, while well-intentioned, the lack of emotional connection and perspective often fails to resonate and individuals end up repeating the mistakes anyway. These second-hand lessons tend to teach people what to think rather than how to think.
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