Bad things happen to good people, including good leaders. Stuff happens – you deal with it, learn from it, and move on.
Reflecting back over my own career as a leader, there were some days I’d just assume forget and never have to repeat. Having worked in various HR and leadership development roles, I also had a chance to hear about some serious bad hair days from leaders on the front lines.
So here’s my 10 top list, with opportunity to add your own at the end. It’s a mix – some are seriously really bad, and some may just cause a leader to lose a good night’s sleep. They didn’t ALL happen to me, but then again, there’s always next week.
1. Firing someone. Actually, if you add each of the discussions leading up to the firing, this one could count as 10 days by itself.
2. Laying off LOT’S of employees all at once. Or even being around when other employees are getting laid off, and feeling partly responsible as a leader in the organization.
3. Dealing with the death, serious illness, or some other traumatic personal employee tragedy.
4. Being the target of an unwarranted harassment or discrimination claim.
5. Dealing with a workplace violence incident.
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