Michael Schumacher – Great Leaders have Composure
Michael Schumacher born 3 January 1969) is a retired German racing driver. He is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year twice. He won two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before moving to Ferrari where he drove for eleven years. His time with Ferrari yielded five consecutive titles between 2000 and 2004.
Schumacher holds many of Formula One’s driver records, including most championships, race victories, fastest laps, pole positions and most races won in a single season – 13 in 2004 (the last of these records was equalled by fellow German Sebastian Vettel nine years later). In 2002, he became the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of a season and then also broke the record for most consecutive podium finishes. According to the official Formula One website, he is “statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen”.
If you you are a leader that scores high on composure, you are able to maintain performance in spite of stressful environments. You stay composed, calm and focused under pressure. You would attain this inner equilibrium by taking a broader perspective and integrating the various aspects of the situation into workable solutions or strategies.
You have the ability to remain calm and considerate and make good decisions under pressure, as well as to provide support to others in difficult times.
The other side of the coin is if you score low in composure, which means that in the workplace you can act in ways that are inconsiderate of others. You are less likely to make good decisions because you are less able to draw upon your full reserves of intelligence and experience. You often regress to previously learned behavior.
You may find that you become more hostile under stress or that you withdraw. Both are defenses that diminish your ability to make sense out of events and provide leadership to others.
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