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WHETHER YOU’VE BEEN A LEADER for two years or twenty, you’ve probably learned a lot of what you know through experience. The lessons of experience are the best kind; you learn by doing, by making a few mistakes and adjusting your behavior accordingly. The more times you encounter a certain leadership situation, the better chance you have of responding to it with patience, skill, and confidence.

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