Chapter 8

Be Calm

We sometimes mistakenly think that some people are calm naturally and others are not, as if the ability to be calm is something you either are or aren't born with. This could not be further from the truth. Certainly, some people may appear to have a greater predisposition toward calmness. But calmness and relaxation are completely learnable and available to anyone who wishes to attain them. And a leader with the ability to be calm regardless of circumstances and who can create calm at will is invaluable.

In Chapter 2 I discussed the benefits of mindfulness and the research that highlights the physical and mental health benefits of a regular meditation practice. By meditating regularly, you alter yourself physiologically, rewiring ...

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