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Solitude offers ways for leaders to obtain greater clarity. A leader who thinks through a complex problem by hard analytical work - as Eisenhower did before D-day - can identify the conditions necessary to solve it. A leader who silences the din not only around her mind, but inside it, can then hear the delicate voice of intuition, which may have already made connections that her conscious mind has not. And a leader who is aware of his weaknesses can guard against them.
- From Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin