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Hard work may be one universal ingredient of success, but each leader has his or her own suggestions for how to achieve greatness. Read secrets to success from great leaders from every walk of life.
President Obama says he's been able to lead through crises since taking office by:
"Being able to pull together the best people and have them work as a team; insisting on analytical rigor in evaluating the nature of the problem; making sure that dissenting voices are heard and that a range of options are explored; being willing to make a decision after having looked at all the options, and then insisting on good execution as well as timely feedback, so that [if] you have to correct the decision that you make, that you are able to do so in time; being able to stay calm and steady when the stakes are high. You know, all those things are, I think, principles I try to apply in any circumstance. I find them particularly useful when the decisions are tough and the consequences of action are most weighty."