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Leadership May Look Easy

But don't be fooled

Leadership is hard, demanding work. It’ also one of the most rewarding ways to spend your career. It would be nice if leading well was as easy as it is rewarding. It’s not.

It would be nice if leadership was easy.

If leadership was easy, more teams would be more effective. More people would enjoy their work and be happier. But leadership is hard, consuming work. One reason we have so many awful leaders is that the work looks easy. It’s not.

It would be nice if leadership was simple, straightforward work.

Leadership work is anything but straightforward. If you are a leader, you must accomplish the team’s mission through the group. You must also care for the people in your charge and help them succeed. You must be concerned about the results of your work both today and in the future. And you must avoid being sucked into the vortex of problems you cannot solve.

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