“You people are terrible managers!” the senior executive insults the team. You’re in shock. You’re upset. You’re disappointed. Author Simon Sinek explains:
It is better to disappoint people with the truth than to appease them with a lie.
The senior executive has disappointed you with the truth of how he feels about the team. Instead of being defeated you mentor yourself: I must become the leader I do not have, and help others feel valued.
When we help ourselves, we find moments of happiness. When we help others, we find lasting fulfillment.
To be a great leader you don’t need to do great things. To be a great leader you must do the small things. It can be something little like asking, “I’ve noticed you’ve had a rough couple of weeks. Is everything OK?”