5 leadership lessons from Flight 1549

02/12/2009 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

US Airways Capt. Chesley Sullenberger felt his stomach sink when his engines quit, yet he kept his head and saved all on board. According to Politico, this is Lesson 1: "You can't lead from the fetal position." Sully remained open to alternatives and didn't distract himself with thoughts of his passengers. Writer Eamon Javers sees another teaching in this: Don't worry about public opinion. "What's scary about the Sully model is that you only know if it works after the fact," Javers writes. "Until the moment of impact, everyone -- co-pilot, crew, passengers -- is operating on faith."

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