Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group. Some people will get angry at your actions and decisions. It’s inevitable, if you have integrity. Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: you’ll avoid the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted, and you’ll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset.
Ironically, by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone annoyed, regardless of their contributions, you’ll simply ensure that the only people you’ll wind up offending are the most creative and productive people in the organisation.
In a brain based economy, your best assets are people. We’ve heard this expression so often that it’s become trite. But how many leaders really “walk the talk”? Too often, people are assumed to be empty chess pieces to be moved around by the grand elite, with no consideration given to the welfare or motivation of their workforce. The question – how many immerse themselves in the goal of creating an environment where the best, the brightest, the most creative are attracted, retained and, most importantly, unleashed?
Endeavours only succeed or fail because of the people involved and only by continuous effective communication and looking after the needs and morale of people will the organisation attain the maximum results.
– General Colin Powell from a Leadership Primer
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