As leaders, we often credit the esteem we have with others to our successes, our output, our wins. And while there is truth to that, the reality is that most leaders lose much more than they win—and that’s why they attract followers.  

No one can be excellent at everything.  Gifted leaders are extremely focussed about where they want to win and where they are willing to lose.

Responding to every opportunity, every request, every criticism, every acknowledgment of your shortcomings (perceived and real) is like trying to play four sports in one season while also getting a culinary degree and remodelling your bathroom.

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