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Master humility.

It's been bats all the way down. Medellín has been the author or co-author of more than 50 scientific papers in international journals, as well as 15 books and book chapters on bat ecology and conservation. And his work is taking on a new significance today, as bats' story has shifted toward endangerment and extinction. In all that, Medellín finds himself navigating two different, but related roles: data-driven scientist and emotion-driven advocate. "You never know what's going to happen in the future," Medellín points out. "If we'd had a stronger effort 10 years ago on bats, we would have shown the effects of the white nose syndrome." We would have had a greater chance of understanding the illness that is proving catastrophic for so many bat species -- species that, with a diet consisting mostly of insects, play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balances we humans have come to rely on.

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Master humility.

The last tip is the simplest of the three, but by far the hardest. To master the art of finding answers, one must have the humility to know when he or she doesn’t have them. It may sound straightforward, but when you’re sitting in a boardroom surrounded by suits and everyone is looking at you, the pressure to sound smart can be overwhelming. The irony in situations like these is that while most of us will fumble our way to saying something that sounds like an answer, real leaders will first admit that they don’t have the answer. Then they will frame the problem with context, begin asking penetrating questions, and explain how the group can work to find the answer.

And in return, the suits in the room will begin to trust and respect them for their wisdom and humility.

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