When I worked at Synovus several years ago, former football coach, Lou Holtz, visited our organization and spoke to the leadership team. He said that everyone wants to play when the lights are on, the band is playing, and the crowd is cheering your name. But how many how many people want play when it’s fourth down and nine, their team is losing, and they really need that crucial first down to win the game?
Leadership is fine when everything is going well. As a new leader, you probably have a higher salary, a new parking spot, and the corner office of your dreams.
However, can you handle the 3 a.m. phone calls (few good phone calls occur after midnight)? What about the different personalities you are now forced to deal with? Or, simply, the mess you have inherited?
As a leader, you must be able to accept the good and the bad. Are you ready for the challenge?