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How Leaders Resolve Issues – Listening for the Rub

How Leaders Resolve Issues – Listening for the Rub

A while back an employee who was a fairly recent hire came to me saying he had been contacted by a company and had been offered a job. He hadn’t sought it out, but now here it was and he had to make a decision. He said he was leaning towards accepting it.

As we talked, I did my best salesman job and reminded him of the benefits of working with us…more variety, coworkers he admittedly liked and enjoyed, and more stability than he would find in most positions in his line of work. He agreed and knew he would likely be risking several key job satisfaction factors if he accepted the offer. He eventually mentioned that the only reason he was interested in this other position was that it was a much shorter commute. He was happy with his current job, but didn’t like the long drive, especially in winter.

Leadership Strength: How To Confront A “Bullish” Leader

Leadership Strength: How To Confront A “Bullish” Leader

You’ve probably met the type. You know, the person that is outspoken but doesn’t care to give others a chance to speak. The person who speaks first and with force as a way to shut down differing opinions. The person who uses words like “should” and “need” liberally when making their point. The person who frames everything in a way that you can’t possibly disagree with them. The person who no one wants to argue with because they become even more forceful.

Some leaders think they are being strong when they bull their way through to get what they want. They are the proverbial “bull in a china shop.”

These leaders boldly flail about in an attempt to get their way or show their leadership strength (or dominance) and they have little concern for the damage they cause around them.