Leadership Thought #463 – You Need To Have Thick Skin To Lead Others

Ed always write with conviction and adds value to the discussion surrounding leadership. The ability and attitude to not take things personally and in fact, welcome feedback and criticism is a powerful message…yet difficult to muster the comfort and build the self-esteem to make this real.

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Leadership is not for the faint of heart.  It certainly has its ups and downs and can test anyone’s emotional fortitude.  However, this is the very reason so few people can do it well.  If you take every small slight and failure personally, the job will eat you alive.  Whenever you assume a position of responsibility, you automatically also assume a roster of critics and malcontents who aren’t always aligned with your leadership vision.  Since you can’t realistically fire everyone who disagrees with you (nor is it advisable), then you need to figure out other ways to handle the pressures and scrutiny.

I’ve found that the best leaders I work with welcome the criticism.  They don’t always like it, but they accept that a key aspect of leading people is harnessing disparate points of view and feelings.  I don’t care how smart you are, no one person has all the…

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