Great Leadership Vs. Popularity: Where’s the Balance?
Being a great leader is a tricky balance to strike. Doing the right thing and doing the popular thing are not always the same. Some leaders, when attempting to define their role, too often end up embodying one of two extremes. They either A) choose an authoritarian leadership style focusing solely on results and performance, but fail to create a positive work environment, or B) become a leader who is considered a “friend” to his or her coworkers, failing to achieve necessary respect or not daring to rock the boat with unpopular decision-making.