At times like these, leaders’ ability to keep their cool and display grace under pressure is severely tested. Yet it couldn’t be more important in helping to lead your teams through and inspire them to help create the future of your organization.

Unfortunately, composure in leadership is uncommon. In new research of over 39,000 surveys, we found that composure ranked last of the 15 qualities of executive presence. In this article, published in Fall issue of Rotman Management Magazine, Suzanne Bates and Andy Atkins share the research findings on composure in leaders, and provide strategies for leaders to buck the trend and keep their composure even in the most stressful of circumstances.

(This article appears in Rotman Management Fall 2020.)

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