You’re now a leader and it’s exciting. Let’s go, let’s do it. Set goals and objectives. Get your team going on the direction you believe will bring success. Whoa whoa there… Pump the breaks just a bit and give yourself a moment. What good leaders do their first days with the team is crucial.
I grew up watching Friends, a world famous sitcom from the US. My favorite character in the group is Chandler Bing. In one episode, he’s promoted from a normal employee to being a manager. Chandler quickly realizes that his coworkers, who he considered to be his friends are now distant. He’s now their leader and are no longer treated as one of their friends.
Leadership is obviously not something to be taken lightly. Being a leader comes with a lot of perks. But it also comes with a great deal of responsibilities. Being a leader has different meaning to different people. But there are quite a significant amount of commonalities in what most people define leaders are.
One of the most difficult and dreadful task for many leaders is having to discipline one of their member. Sometimes you must resort to disciplining your member for the betterment of the individual and the team. But you can use the CHIE leadership philosophy in situation needing employee discipline to help you get the best outcome.
Regardless of where you are in the world, 2020 was a year that affected you. Over the past couple of months, I’ve heard about how terrible 2020 was and how much we all look forward to move on from it. The pain and difficulties of reviewing failures such as 2020 are real. We all have pain and failures we prefer to just forget. But to do so is to ignore important lessons we could have learned.
We talk a lot about caring for those who you’re in charge of. Much of our discussion surrounds your role as a leader to mentor and support your team members. But we must not forget that in business, you too have a responsibility to the business whom you work for. How you balance your responsibility versus your loyalty to your team is a very tricky and touchy topic.