Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. Have you noticed?
Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, of the entire organization, which means that some people are likely to get angry at your actions and decisions. It’s inevitable – if you’re honorable.
One of the first lessons I learned as a President and subsequently as an owner of a company is that trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You’ll avoid the tough decision, 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 mad, and by treating everyone equally “nicely” regardless of their contributions, you’ll simply ensure that the only people you’ll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.
How responsible are you?
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