Stephan Hittmann: Successful Leaders Possess Attributes of Focus, Empathy (Part 2)

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The President of the 911 FUND, Stephan Hittmann often addresses professional and support organizations about such topics as leadership. In this role, he provides support and training to fire departments in Haiti, Argentina, Mexico, and other countries. Stephan Hittmann previously served as the Executive Director of the Fire Department of the City of New York.

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  • 1. Stephan Hittmann: Successful Leaders Possess Attributes of Focus, Empathy (Part 2) By Stephan Hittmann
  • 2. Introduction  The President of the 911 FUND, Stephan Hittmann often addresses professional and support organizations about such topics as leadership. In this role, he provides support and training to fire departments in Haiti, Argentina, Mexico, and other countries. Stephan Hittmann previously served as the Executive Director of the Fire Department of the City of New York.
  • 3. Part I Recap  Part 1 of this article explained that while some people are born with leadership tendencies, these capabilities may also be cultivated through experience and training. Leaders attract people who want to follow and emulate them; respect and admiration for the leader spur people to contribute to the group’s overall success. Likewise, good leaders promote opportunities for those who support them.
  • 4. Conclusion  People who fail as leaders often get bogged down in pessimism and negativity. These attitudes spread to the rest of the team, impeding accomplishment. When they do make mistakes, real leaders persevere and bounce back from these experiences instead of allowing such events to define their self- identity or professional reputation. Finally, leaders sustain robust performance over time but understand when to expend energy and when to conserve it. Experts at compartmentalization, leaders prove adept at concentrating on critical issues rather than becoming bogged down in minutiae.