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Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen

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CHAPTER 7

Self-Awareness

A Leader with a Mind of His Own

When you think of a congressman, self-awareness or mindfulness is probably not the first characteristic to come to mind. Nevertheless, for House Representative Tim Ryan, focusing on his personal mindset and attitudes is making him not only a personally insightful leader but a more effective member of Congress.

Being mindful for Tim Ryan means that he constantly monitors his thoughts, striving to keep them in the present and not allowing himself to get sidetracked by what's happened in the past or worries about the future. Whether debating on the House floor or negotiating with other members of the committees he serves on, Ryan focuses on listening and understanding what motivates others, ...

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