Since all leaders have to deal with negativity and criticism, regardless of position or profession, it’s important for them to learn to handle it constructively. Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Criticism is something you can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” However, that isn’t an option for anyone who wants to be successful as a leader. So what do you do? The following four-step process has helped me to deal with criticism, so I pass it on to you.
Know Yourself—This Is a Reality Issue
As a young leader you soon learned that having an upfront position was certain to draw criticism, no matter who the leader was or what he did. Highly visible leaders often have to function in difficult environments such as the office in which the following sign is said to have been displayed: Continue reading “How To Hold Up Under Criticism..”
Leader’s responsibility can be define reality was from leadership expert and author Max DePree. His assertion made sense to me instantly. And Humorist Garrison Keillor, who said, “Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.”
You Can’t Define What You Don’t See
In the reality world, people change only when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to. For example in my case, pain prompted me to learn. In 2005, I came to face-to-face with a painful reality: one of my companies was steadily losing money and its efforts seemed to be going in too many directions. This problem did not appear suddenly. For five years there had been indicators that I should make changes, but I was unwilling to make them. I needed to change my leadership team, but I didn’t want to do it. I loved my inner circle. And year after year, I was willing to absorb the small losses that the company experienced. But after five years, the losses began to add up and take their toll. Continue reading “A Leader’s First Responsibility Is to Define Reality”