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Leadership Should Be Difficult

Leadership Should Be Difficult

Leadership is difficult—and leadership should be difficult. Why? Because at its heart, being a leader is about bringing people together with a shared vision in order to achieve a goal or solve a problem. It’s about how leaders influence the daily lives of the people who work for them and how their decisions affect careers and outcomes.


A leader not only brings different personalities and employees together but also instills confidence in those differing personalities in order to bring about success. This is not an easy task. The most difficult part of leading is knowing what is really going on with the company, with individual employees and what the best solution is. If you are in a leadership role, here are 4 things to think about:


Telling the Difficult Truth: Human nature dictates that employees look up to leaders because they believe these leaders know the truth and have solutions. On the flip side, human nature also dictates that even leaders are sometimes clueless as to what is the actual truth and what is a personal interpretation.


Being the Mediator: Handling conflicts in a workplace is also difficult. Ideally, employees can work out problems between each other, but if they cannot, leaders must step in to resolve the conflict. Conflicts in the office can easily spiral out of control, leading to a toxic and unproductive work environment.


Constantly Learning: In addition to managing expectations, results and people, leaders are expected to be on top of the latest training and information.  While others go home at the end of the day and relax or watch their favorite show, good leaders also spend time weekly investing in their development by reading, watching and studying.


Putting Others First: Today’s leadership model has shifted towards servant leadership where leaders must focus on the development of their employees. True leaders create more leaders. This role is a tough one to balance. On one hand, a leader must deliver results and make an impact on the success of the company; on the other hand, managers are expected to cater to different personality types and generations in the workforce in order to boost employee development.


Modern leadership is more difficult now than in the past. Being a leader isn’t a simple task, but instead it is a journey of work, self-discipline, and continuing education. If done right, however, the results can be rewarding, for you, your employees, and your company.

This article is written by Mike Heffner, the owner of the local Greenwood Express Employment Professionals franchise.  Contact Mike at, @IndySouthMike on Twitter or visit