When leaders push an organization forward and overcome challenge after challenge, using the characteristics noted above, the troops quickly develop strong confidence in the leader and in the organization’s ability to achieve great things.
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Archive for January, 2014
Psychologists define the term “cognitive control” as the scientific label for putting ones attention where one wants it and keeping it there in the face of temptation to wonder. Basically we are talking about focus. The psychologists believe that cognitive control enables individuals to pursue a goal despite distractions and setbacks. Naturally, this is an extremely important capability to be a successful leader. The same neural circuitry that allows such a single-minded pursuit of a goal also manages unruly emotions. Consequently, psychologists point out that good cognitive control can be seen in people who stay calm in a crisis, tame their own agitation, and quickly recover from a debacle or defeat.
I suspect this story quickly made the rounds among the financial analysts on Wall Street, and in the future may cause these analysts to be a bit skeptical of Yahoo’s public statements about its business results.
A hostage situation is law-enforcement’s worst-case scenario, because it places innocent civilians directly in harm’s way. Armed intervention becomes very risky, since the hostages themselves can be harmed either by stray bullets or by the hostage-takers. That makes the negotiation the most important aspect of any hostage crisis.