Have you ever heard someone make an excuse like, "Ignore him. It's just his temper talking." Is that actually helpful? One of the most important characteristics of leadership -- and the PERCEPTION of someone AS a leader -- is their ability to handle pressure gracefully. One of the most important ways to start learning to do that is to identify your own most sensitive triggers, and then work on managing them. If someone else can press your buttons and get under your skin, you are going to have trouble projecting the image of yourself as a leader.