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Leadership Tools Monthly News, November 2011
November 30, 2011
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Why do so many leaders struggle with addressing issues of employee performance or behavior?
It's been my experience as a leader that the most common challenge faced by people in management is the fear they have about initiating a difficult discussion with an employee.
One might assume that it would only be newer managers who are less confident in confronting tough personnel issues, but the fact is that many leaders at all levels share this common fear.
Surprisingly, many in high level positions were never properly taught how to initiate a difficult discussion in an effective manner. As a result, they either conduct these types of conversations badly - or not at all.
This realization has prompted me to write a series of articles on the topic of "How to lead a difficult discussion".
I will be sharing these articles in future editions of this newsletter. You can expect to receive newsletters more often than once per month during this time. Once the series is completed, we will package the articles into an easy reference guide for all subscribers.
I believe this new leadership tool, A Leader's Guide to Initiating Difficult Discussions, will eventually become one of the most important tools in our leadership library.
Being a good communicator is a critical leadership skill. Moreover, having the ability to communicate effectively with people is a LIFE skill that you cannot afford to do without.
This begs the question, "Why is it so difficult for so many leaders to initiate difficult discussions with an employee?" There are many reasons why difficult conversations are avoided, but mostly these reasons are all "fear-based".
Our basic human nature causes us to fear uncertainty, especially when there is the prospect of a confrontation. When we have not had the benefit of strong leadership development in leading difficult discussions, fear can cause you to avoid the situation altogether.
Common Fears That Cause Leaders To Avoid Difficult Discussions
The good news is that you can develop the skills necessary to initiate difficult discussions with confidence and peace of mind. As a result, you'll become a more effective communicator and leader.
The risk of not initiating tough leadership discussions is far greater than you might think.
Risk of NOT Initiating Difficult Discussions
If the idea of dealing with a difficult employee issue causes you anxiety then it’s time to GET EXCITED!
As scary as the prospect of having a difficult discussion may seem, the truth is that it's no different than any other skill you work to acquire. As in all instances of skill development, it's easy – once you know how!
There is absolutely no need for any leader to avoid having a difficult conversation with a team member. As the leader, your team expects you to effectively address important issues as they arise. After completing this series you'll be amazed at how simple the communication process can be.
A difficult discussion does not have to be a negative discussion. You can be supportive and firm at the same time.
By clearly articulating the issue(s), you'll be able to quickly assist employees with making better choices that will serve them well into the future. In addition to adding value to the employee, you'll better serve your team and the entire organization.
As you learn the proven process we will share in upcoming issues, you'll build the confidence and skill-set necessary for becoming a more effective communicator and respected leader.
For those of you who feel you have this "difficult discussion" thing down to a science – I encourage you to follow along anyway. You may be surprised by what you learn and I'll be asking you to contribute your ideas and tips along the way.
Don’t leave yet, we have some more exciting news below! See you there :)
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