I share my vision for the company and its business units, but I keep my feelings about people like Ralph and Richie pretty much to himself. I don’t like them, but Ralph is a good earner and Richie is the brother of the former boss.
So Uncle T keeps my complaints to himself, limits exposure, give them the opportunity to prove themselves. When they don’t, when they screw up, I is prepared for that, and I is not afraid to ruffle feathers, to criticize them and shake things up for the good of the company.
Colin Powell stresses the idea that good leaders inevitably piss some people off. “By trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally ‘nicely,’” Powell says, “the only people you’ll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.”
Of course, good leaders don’t expect failure and shouldn’t coddle creative types or clip the problem child. But they should have a vision of how each team member will add to the group as a whole, a strategy for each person’s growth, development and contribution.