It’s natural to avoid a tough moment, an awkward conversation, or difficult decision.
Nobody likes the stress, pain and pressure of courageous leadership – in the moment.
However, most of us can recount times where we fretted for dozens of hours or weeks or even months of stress, attempting to delay or avoid taking responsibility for a leadership conversation that must occur.
It may have been that moment you had to let someone go. Or you were walking into a tension filled meeting. Perhaps you had to tell someone they would not receive the funding they wanted, or the promotion they desired. Maybe it was time to declare the new vision you had in your heart. We all know those moments.
When a leader refuses to take responsibility in a tough moment, he or she loses leadership. If you do that often enough, over time, you will no longer be the leader. The person who will step up becomes the leader.
Sleepless nights can be replaced with one tough conversation. It’s not easy, but it needs to happen.