Monday Business Feature: Have You Earned the Right to Lead?

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San Francisco — March 14, 2011 —

John Hamm

Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership

"Extraordinary Leadership"

Unusually Excellent

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10 Leadership Mistakes

Unusually Excellent

Mistake #1: "Role playing" authenticity rather than living it.

Mistake #2: Underestimating the impact of small acts of dishonesty.

MISTAKE #3: Being two-faced (and assuming others won't notice).

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Mistake #4: Squelching the flow of bad news.

Mistake #5: Punishing "good failures."

Mistake #6: Letting employee enthusiasm fizzle.

Mistake #7: Refusing to deal with your "weakest links."

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Mistake #8: Allowing people to "fail elegantly."

Mistake #9: Delaying decisions until it's too late.

Mistake #10: Underestimating the weight your words — and your moods — carry.

"Leadership Is a Choice"