Never be afraid to say what you mean, and never be afraid to confront issues head-on. Remember that you are not in the business of pleasing everyone all the time. You are the one who steers the ship, so the onus is on you to make sure your message resonates loud and clear. Ultimately, it is you who is responsible for charting the course of direction. Allowing your employees to stray from the course makes things difficult for everyone. Although they may appear resistant, employees respond well to structure. Never be afraid of delivering your message. Just make sure that the message is consistent and geared toward long-term results for your organization.
One of the hardest things about being an effective manager is overcoming the fear that you or some of your decisions will be unpopular. We must put things in perspective and remember that our ultimate purpose is not to be liked, but rather to be judged by ourselves, and those to whom we are accountable, on how well we run our business. Our challenge is to achieve the most we can from our respective organization. If we go about this objectively, we will solve issues that arise effectively, and with a sense of permanence. This makes us better managers and strengthens our businesses to grow into the future.