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Pick your battles

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Just as military units avoid committing their forces to diversionary attacks and feints, leaders must be alert to being drawn into minor skirmishes that sap their strength and divert valuable assets from the mission. On an individual level, personality conflicts are a prime example of this. Leaders can allow themselves to become snarled in clashes of personal style that take enormous amounts of mental energy and are ultimately self-defeating.

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Pick your battles

“The more time you spend as a leader, the more potential battles you will encounter…conserve your strength for the fights that actually make a difference.”

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