But I said I’m recovering. I used to believe that if everyone was pleased with me, I was doing a good job. My pursuit was to be the nice guy, the peace-maker. I’ve learned a great deal however that being nice and optimistic isn’t always the best way to love and encourage my team.
Many times and in many ways, love is actually one of the toughest things you can do in a situation. It is far easier to be calloused and disengaged.
If you’re anything like me, then you know this tension. Your smile is contagious at the office, you become the one everyone runs to with their problems. You’re safe. That quality is a rare but critical one in today’s corporate environment.
However, I’m learning that love in the business context is often times tough love. It’s being willing to ask the hard question in response to the latest office politics or better yet, encouraging direct communication between the two offending parties.
You see, my perspective is changing. I’m beginning to understand that love doesn’t always equal nice. Because nice is far too often the mask for fake and apathetic.