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Sunday, May 1, 2016


Those in leadership roles (e.g., parents, managers, owners, captains, teachers, bosses, etc.) must possess a healthy dose of toughness.  Not meanness, toughness.  Not brutishness, toughness.  Not insensitivity, toughness.  Not harshness, toughness.

What can toughness look like?  Here are some examples:

  • Saying "no" when you'd prefer to say "yes" (and vice versa).
  • Shouldering the blame to protect valued others and their good work.
  • Ignoring a rule/law/protocol and being willing to defend that act.
  • Insisting that people come before structure(s), foibles and all.
  • Sticking to principle even if it means losing friends, employees, jobs.
  • Listening attentively even when it's hard to hear merit in the talk.
  • Letting right-minded others make some (non-fatal) mistakes, even if you know a "better" way.
  • Forgiving, even when it's the last thing you want to do.
Leadership is no job for sissies or the wobbly.  Only the tough need apply.

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