I remember when I was growing my kids up. I’d say to them “my job is not to be liked by you, my job is to be your parent”. It’s the same in a position of leadership. You’re job isn’t to be liked: your job is to lead. Or, as Kim Scott, author of the New York Times bestseller Radical Candor puts it, to “be a kick-arse boss – without losing your humanity”.
If you’re looking for a useful tool to help build “psychological safety” that I talked about in my previous article, take a look at this framework.
Scott, a long time director at Google and faculty member at Apple university, has dedicated her career to a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and working together. She built the Radical Candor framework based on her experiences of working in and studying some of the world’s most successful companies.
There’s a great article about it here.
Thanks a million to the wonderful @Leith Mitchell of Diversity Partners for pointing me to this article. Radical Candor: The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss.