Of course, all this fortitude is demanded of leaders when they may be feeling pretty worried and pessimistic themselves. Clients, employees, shareholders, and the media are but a few of the stakeholders who watch leaders very carefully to see how they cope under such circumstances.

So in turbulent economic markets, even the best leaders are stretched to their limits. What has worked in the past may not work in these current difficult times. This is when the pressure cauldron that leaders find themselves in either makes or breaks them.

At times the pressure on leaders may be so great that they wonder whether it's all worth it and why they have put themselves in this situation. In fact, have you ever considered why leaders choose ...

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