Business leaders will often need to fight situations single-handedly. The more one reaches the top of the pyramid, the space tends to be lonely, so these business leaders ought to embrace solitude. A number of examples have been cited from history by writers- Raymond Kethledge and Michael Erwin- in their book Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership through Solitude. Henry David Thoreau captured the essence of solitude after spending two years in the wilderness. Similarly, Dwight D. Eisenhower spent time off alone, before the D-Day landings in Normandy. Thomas Edward Lawrence had a bout of dysentery that crippled him for ten days, a duration when he envisaged a guerrilla warfare by the Arabs to regain their independence from the Ottoman Empire. Even Abraham Lincoln retreated to his own chambers after missing out on an opportunity to defeat the Confederate Army in 1863 during the US Civil War. In order to visualize the corporate strategy and innovations to be implemented, business leaders must spend time on their own reflecting, on their thoughts.


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