1. Why is it important for leaders to know their strengths? Do you think leaders should spend equal time learning about their weak points?

2. Suggest some personal traits of leaders you have known. What traits do you believe are most valuable? Why?

3. The chapter suggests that optimism is an important trait for a leader, yet some employees complain that optimistic leaders create significant stress because they don’t anticipate problems and expect their subordinates to meet unreasonable goals. Do you agree? Why?