It’s a funny thing I notice about LinkedIn. Posts about #vulnerability, #authenticity and #psychologicalsafety get a lot of interaction. Which is great, as these are important, if nuanced, topics in #leadership.
However, posts dealing with some of the harder parts of leadership, such as dealing with an underperforming team member, or making challenging commercial decisions – you know, the decisions that leaders have to make day in and day out – are roundly ignored.
Leadership needs soft skills and hard skills. Needs gentleness and firmness. Involves constant judgement calls about vulnerability vs decisiveness, authenticity vs shining a light.
It means making the tough calls which we don’t like to talk about, but have to face. Because they still need it be made, and it is a part of leader’s responsibility to make them.
And the best way to bring all of these conflicting pressures together when you’re leading is to be clear in your values and what they mean to you.
And to accept that even then, some decisions will just be hard, uncomfortable, and yet necessary.
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