I learned long ago that if I wanted to be universally liked, I should not aspire to a leadership role. Certainly, as a leader, there will be people who do like you and appreciate your leadership. There will also be people who dislike you and will attempt to derail your leadership efforts. Getting past that negative is essential to a leader’s success and coming to grips with this reality is especially important for women who aspire to be leaders.
Source: LinkedIn Pulse, November 28, 2016.
In her book, “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg invites us (women) to sit at the table. However, sitting at the table only works if you bring value to the discussion. That value starts with having an opinion that is rooted in preparation and facts. Do your homework and come to a resolute conclusion before you get to the table.
INSIGHTS: Some leaders value results over relationships. Others are the opposite. The most effective leaders can consistently strike a situational balance between results and relationships.