The Difficult Word   2 comments

There is a word in the English language that most people, myself included, seem to have trouble saying.  The word is “no”.  Yet it is very important for leaders to be able to say this word.  I think that the reason this word is so difficult to say is because almost every person desires other people to like them.  When we say no it often can be interpreted as a rejection of the person asking the question.  While this is unfair because we are actually saying no to the idea and not the person, it frequently is not how the situation is interpreted.

There are two areas where a leader must say no, even if she/he must deal with the hurt feelings of another person.  The first is in regards to an idea or request made by an employee or member of the organization.  A leader must evaluate if the idea or request will benefit the organization or if it may be a distraction or detriment to the organization.  If the idea or request is not deemed a negative after evaluation, then the leader should agree to it or support it in some fashion.  However, if through evaluation, it is determined that there is a negative impact on the organization, then it is the leader’s job to say no.  How the leader says no is as important as actually saying no.

The other area where this word is important is in the leader’s commitments.  A leader is someone who is often considered valuable not only to the organization which they are called to lead but also to other organizations and projects throughout the community.  Leaders often receive multiple requests for their involvement in other organizations and projects.  The issue that the leader must keep in mind is the amount of time and resource commitment that may be required if he/she does not say no.  A leader that is over extended is not beneficial to the organization which the person leads or to the organization/project they may be being asked to join.  An over extended leader will suffer from exhaustion and will definitely perform at her/his prime.  An over extended leader can become resentful especially if they have no time to recharge themselves.

So leaders must be sure they are able to say that difficult word…. “no”.  It will benefit the leader and those whom they are committed to in their organization and in the community.


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Posted February 19, 2013 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Leadership, Life

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