WHAT WOULD YOUR IMPACT AS A LEADER BE IF YOU NEVER HAD TO
DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE?
That’s a trick question, because chances are...if you are a leader, you will at some point work with people who:
⚡ are unwilling or unable to do the work you need them to do
⚡ bring a passive aggressive presence to meetings
⚡ behave in ways that don’t represent your business or team appropriately
⚡ undermine you
⚡ sap your energy and time.
That’s got to be hard for any human, but when you are also trying to lead a team, dealing with a difficult person can be mighty challenging.
Right now, you probably use A LOT of your mental energy to manage even one challenging person.
You know you can build a highly effective team, have a lasting impact in your industry, and be exactly the leader you’ve planned to be.
But as soon as you encounter that person or realise you will need to engage with them, your adrenaline kicks up a notch and your energy is dragged into addressing the situation.