Some call this a “fierce conversation” or “radical candor”. It’s knowing how and when to deliver bad news via having an authentic conversation. Great coaches give tough love.
According to a recent surveys, 2 in 3 workers in the U.S. are unhappy in their jobs. This equates to approximately 173 million people dragging themselves out of bed in the morning with no more purpose than working for their pay check.
Skeptics think this is a wimpy type of leadership. Where is the large corner office with the best view? Where are the CEO perks? A corporate jet? Servant leaders do not buy-in to this elitist mentality.
In fact, if you don’t fail, you’re not taking risks that can ultimately lead to great success. Preparing to fail is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of preparing for unexpected situations that professionals must do, especially leaders.
Willingness to take on failure is not a new thought. Throughout history and up to our current business mavericks and sports heroes, failure is a powerful tool in reaching great success. Failing is not falling down, it’s staying down. It’s letting failure get the best of us and quitting.
Whether you’re a supervisor newbie or at the top of your company’s organizational chart, we all lead by example. People are watching. They watch everything you do. Although your words matter, your actions matters far more.
Remember when you were not the boss? Remember when you said that if you were in charge, things would be different? Here’s your chance.
The challenge is knowing what example you want to set and have others follow. Intentions are meaningless, actions matter.