On Learning to Say No
Many leaders & entrepreneurs often admit to not being able to say No and take on far more projects and/or responsibilities, than they can realistically handle. Sometimes they may be under pressure to accept projects or business partnerships when in actual fact, they would have been better off walking away.
Not being able to say no is a weakness which can lead to long, excessive work hours, exhaustion, and sometimes even ill health. Leaders have to accept the reality that they cannot be everything to everyone. That they cannot be in two places, at the same time. Working on a project or goal is one thing, constantly putting work before family because you cannot say no, is another. Leaders have to accept that they may have to disappoint people sometimes.
Good leaders know that to take their organsations to the next level, they need to be able to focus on their business and anything else which diverts their focus or eats in to this time, is not good, in the long run. Good leaders know that there are some projects that should not be undertaken. Good leaders also need to be brave enough to be able to walk away from some negotiations without the fear of thinking they have burnt their bridges. Sometimes knowing you are able to say No, is enough to earn you the respect of your peers and customers. So, man up and Just Say No (as long as you are not saying No to the next Steve Jobs!). Life is not about being popular; it is about being fair, and that means to your family and loved ones too. To read more posts by Miriam, click HERE