One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from someone about leadership was that it is better to be respected than liked. First of all, not everyone is going to like you. Second, focusing on your likability will lead you to make short-term reactive decisions. Your decision-making goal should be to take a longer look at the big picture and choose an outcome that will be best for everyone, even if some don’t like it. This doesn’t give you permission to be mean; you can do this in a kind and respectful way.
BusinessInsider | Why a Culture of Respect Creates a Happier, More Productive Office
McKinsey & Company | Respect First, Listen Next
HBR | Respect Employees: Be Tough on Them
CJ | The Best Investment You Can Make in 2014
TED | Alain de Botton: Respect A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success
“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson
Leading, along the road with you!