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Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others by Justin Menkes

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Subservience to Purpose

Affect Tolerance

It’s not unusual for leaders to experience a full range of emotional reactions every day—and these include anxiety, loneliness, frustration, and a sense of grandiosity, or self-importance. That is only more the case in today’s fast-paced environment. Leaders who are subservient to a purpose can channel the tough feelings triggered in this kind of environment in a way that stimulates rather than hinders progress. Psychologists call this affect tolerance, or the ability to channel intense reactions to recurring setbacks in a way that not only avoids hampering you, but also constructively keeps you and your ...

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