George Ambler

Helping Leaders Grow

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Wise Leaders Keep Strong Opinions, Weakly Held

For decades doctors believed that stomach ulcers are caused by stress and spicy foods. Something many people still believe today. Ask a number of people what causes stomach ulcers and you’re most likely to hear one of them say stress.

You may be surprised to find out that in 1985 the Australian doctor Barry Marshall publish research proving that stomach ulcers are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and not by stress or spicy foods!

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3 Ways Leaders Become Self-Aware

You cannot become a great leader without self-awareness.

Self-awareness is the ability to accept and proactively use feedback about oneself to improve your leadership skills.

Self-aware leaders are able to respond appropriately to people and situations. Successful leadership involves taking people on a journey into an uncertain future. As such, leadership is not something that can be executed by following a step-by-step recipe. Instead leadership demands you experiment, reflect, learn and adapt to a constantly changing environment.

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Successful Leaders Know Themselves

”In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time — literally — substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.” – Peter Drucker, “Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself”, Leader to Leader, No. 16 Spring 2000

In Ancient Greece the philosopher Socrates famously stated at his trial, “the unexamined life is not worth living”. This quote from Socrates comes from Plato’s Apology and is his recollection of the speech Socrates gave to defend himself at his trial. Socrates was accused of not recognising the gods and corrupting the youth of Athens by encouraging them to challenge accepted beliefs and to think for themselves.

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