As a leader, do you seek to be liked or respected?
Too many in leadership positions mistake their popularity among the members of the organization as a sign of good leadership.
If that is you, know now that while popularity among those you lead may be a benefit of good leadership, it is not the best sign of being a good leader.
One of the greatest leaders in sports history, the great Bill Russell, who led his Boston Celtics teams to 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons often shared his philosophy that he “would rather be respected than liked.”
While he sought respect, he was also liked by those who understood his motives and desires to win through hard work and commitment rather than cheating, whining, or making excuses or blaming others.
Those on his team knew that if he called them out for any reason, he was not acting superior to them, only fulfilling his commitment to excellence.
Sol says… “Rebuke the wise, and he will love you.” ~ Proverbs 9:8
When those you lead know where you stand, they will respect and admire you, enjoying the benefits of the results you seek as a leader.
Make it a great day and keep being awesome.
Brian Kennedy is an encourager who shepherds small business owners and entrepreneurs along the path of business success to preeminence by embracing time tested principles and executing the associated fundamentals daily.