Don’t Be Afraid of Making Enemies at Work

Chili_peppers As you progress your career, you are likely to make an enemy or two. In my experience, in fact, I have never met a woman who got to the top without offending colleagues along the way, at some point or another. It is purely the nature of growth. As you ascend the management ladder, your decisions and projects all become more high profile and hence more visible to those who like to shoot arrows. Often this has nothing to do with the woman herself, but is just new policy that she is enacting, a tough decision she has to make, even jealousy – but it is easy to take people's animosity personally. Remember, most "enemies" will be purely thinking about how a certain decision affects them - and not the myriad aspects she had to consider to take it. If you let a desire to be liked by everyone and a fear of rejection rule your decisions, you will be inhibited from taking the very actions that true leaders often need to take. You can never please all the people all the time and trying to do so will have you branded as weak and ineffective – and is a recipe for failure.  What tough decisions have you had to take?

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