The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win

Just as discipline and freedom are opposing forces that must be balanced, leadership requires finding the equilibrium in the dichotomy of many seemingly contradictory qualities between one extreme and another.

  • A leader must lead but also be ready to follow.
  • A leader must be aggressive but not overbearing.
  • A leader must be calm but not robotic.
  • A leader must be confident but never cocky.
  • A leader must be brave but not foolhardy.
  • A leader must be humble but not passive; quiet but not silent.
  • A leader must be attentive to details but not obsessed with them.
  • A leader must be close with subordinates but not too close.

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