Lead Change is a leadership media destination with a unique editorial focus on driving change within organizations, teams, and individuals. Lead Change, a division of Weaving Influence, publishes twice monthly with SmartBrief. Today’s post is by Brad Chase.

Do poker and business leadership have anything in common? At first flush, erm, I mean blush, they do not. Poker players must play the cards they are dealt. They bet, they fold, and they bluff based on their cards and the cards of their competition.

Business leaders, on the other hand, have the benefit of assembling their own hands. Building your hand, your strategy, your plan to compete, is the leader’s bet. Often, leaders thoughtfully forge their strategy. Sometimes it comes from trial and error, and sometimes leaders build a successful hand with dumb luck, but a winning strategy is required for a leader to win in business.

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