Avoiding the uncomfortable often seems the safest route. However, avoidance rarely produces good results. More often, it only postpones the discomfort.
What are some things leaders typically avoid? We sometimes avoid confronting bullying or backstabbing behavior. We sometimes avoid dealing with issues in a straightforward way. We sometimes ignore complaints or anger from customers (both internal and external). We sometimes avoid challenging mediocrity, thus becoming complicit in it.
We can avoid the yucky stuff, but the longer we do the yuckier it gets.