Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

—Benjamin Disraeli

Life as a leader is never easy. It is filled with obstacles, disappointments, and failures. It is also filled with victories, both large and small. Nonetheless, it is the disappointments as well as the successes that keep us coming back to try again. This, in fact, is the secret to leadership—having the conviction to return and try again. Each time we enhance our learning with more experience, better perspectives, greater effectiveness, and a thicker skin.

Having the conviction to lead is a common denominator that stretches across cultures and human history. It stems from the recognition that important events are affected by our actions. ...

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