Business Leaders, Would You Rather be Liked or Trusted?

Business Leaders, Would You Rather be Liked or Trusted?

September 1, 2020

Written by: Jennifer Jimbere | Productivity & Profitability Coach for Business Leaders

Being in a leadership role is often times difficult.  It can be a challenge to find a balance between your corporate identity and your personal self.  It’s very stressful to have incongruence between the two, yet sometimes the bigger picture is in order and you need to take a step back and evaluate in a corporate environment, which is most important…being liked or being trusted.

Leaders, I have a serious question for you.

Would you rather be liked or trusted?

You might say, I want both. I am not going to give you both.

You have a choice and those are the options. If you are going to be authentic, can you be just focused on liked?

I would suggest to you that you cannot. One of the things that I see all the time is people who are afraid of conflict.

Sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously, they are afraid of saying what they believe, in fear that their view will not be understood, similar or aligned and as a result, they are afraid of conflict.

Let’s see if this is true for you. I’d like to invite you to imagine right now that you’ve got 2 people in front of you.

One of these people is somebody who is just straightforward, sometimes upsets people, always says what they are thinking. Direct, a little sharper and succinct when they talk. You might say, that person always speaks their truth, they will be very honest, but they have a hard edge to them.

Now picture this. You are about to make a massive decision, something that is really important to you.

On the other side is a person who is so nice, would never say anything bad to your face, or about anybody, always got something nice to say. You might say, that person is always easy to approach and gentle.

You know it will have a lot of implications in your life.

You ask both of these people for their opinion. Who’s opinion are you going to trust? Now let me ask you, if the roles were reversed which one do you want to be?

Would you want to be liked or would you want to be trusted?
Something to think about.

Business Leaders, Would You Rather be Liked or Trusted?

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