The battle isn’t the war. Every competent military leader knows this and business leaders would do well to recognize it as well. Every day we encounter multiple battles in our war towards success, not all of those have to be won.
Understanding when you have to make a sacrifice to help the overall cause can be your greatest tool in your first time manager’s tool box. While in the heat of the battle ask yourself:
- How does the compromise fit into the overall strategy?
- Will the compromise offer the easiest path to the end result?
- Will giving in on this item offer satisfaction to the extent that they will work harder for your cause?
When a battle arises think about the amount of energy it will take you to argue your point vs. giving in. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to stand your ground and expend energy on issues that aren’t so easily resolved.
Give latitude where you can and stand your ground when it matters. You will improve satisfaction, increase the likelihood that others will offer compromise, journey down the path of least resistance and save your energy to win the war. You will also become known as someone who is easy to work with and fair but firm. A manager who is described this way will develop into an excellent leader.
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