As we watch decision-makers around the world struggle with the difficult choices and trade-offs of how to respond to the crisis in Syria – I am reminded again that leadership is very, very hard.
When you lead a business, a family or any organization you often have to make decisions without all the facts you want to have, knowing there will be some ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ as a consequence of your choice, and as a result, there will always be some who disagree with your decision.
In a family business, leaders may particularly struggle to make the hard choices because they worry about unintended consequences and the collateral damage in some of their closest relationships. The overlap of family and business can make it very hard to remain objective, when objectivity is so very important.
If you aspire to leadership roles in your family’s business, make sure you are up to the task of making the hard choices. Remember that when important issues are involved, there are very few ‘black and white’ answers – and it is tough to be the one who has to make the call.