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Factor IV: Self

J. Being authentic

10. Courage

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Does it best case study - Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17, and was the first Pakistani national to receive the prize. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children's rights activist from India.

Malala went from being an ordinary schoolgirl to an internationally acclaimed advocate for women’s education. She demonstrated outstanding courage in the face of adversity that few can imagine. Malala’s father was in the education field and, having inherited his passion for learning, in 2009 she began blogging for the BBC, speaking out in support of education for women in the Middle East.

In March of that year, her home city of Mingora came under Taliban control. The Taliban’s repression of women included the prevention of education through school closures across the region. Malala continued to blog under the name of Gul Makai, and even when her identity was revealed in December of 2009, she continued her campaign in defiance of the Taliban.

Her activism lead to the Taliban issuing a death threat against her, and in October 2012, she was shot in the head by a militant member of the terrorist organization. Defying the odds of survival, she recovered from the attack and continued her education in the UK.

Even remaining a target and being accused by some of her countrymen as being a British or American agent has not discouraged Malala. Her unwavering bravery drives her to continue her fight for women’s rights in education.

It's been said...

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist


36. Instills trust

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“A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.” – Baltasar Gracian, Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher

K. Being open

29. Demonstrates self-awareness

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It's been said...

“People say I don’t take criticism very well, but I say, ‘What the hell do they know?’” - Groucho Marx, American comedian and film and television star


30. Self-development

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Competencies in action

Tools and techniques for career, work, and personal development

A series of practical tools and techniques to help you work on your self-development. The exercises help you prioritize the things that are important to you, establish the direction you want to go in, and build a plan to help you get there.

L. Being flexible and adaptable

3. Manages ambiguity

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Dealing with ambiguity: The new business imperative.

Colin Shaw, thought leader in the field of Customer Experience, describes why ambiguity has become part of everyday business life. He offers 10 tips for dealing with ambiguity effectively, against which to assess yourself.


22. Nimble learning

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Don't fear failure: Nine powerful lessons we can learn from our mistakes 

Psychologist Lisabeth Saunders Medlock offers her nine powerful lessons that can be learned from mistakes, and how to apply your learnings back into your life.

It's been said...

"A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that. '" – Douglas Adams, English writer, humorist, and dramatist.


26. Being resilient

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Competencies in action

Resiliency Results™

A card deck and board game for developing resilience in individuals and teams. Research-based, this interactive tool breaks down the complexity of resiliency. Leaders can easily identify development trends and remedies for increasing personal and organizational resiliency.


31. Situational adaptability

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It's been said...

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." – Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist