Hey, folks, Happy New Year! I’m SEAC(R), John Wayne Troxell, and this is your Motivation Monday brought to you by Veterans Lending Group.

In the world of the Military and business right now, we live in a world that there are some people out there that are truly hypersensitive. I’m talking about the kind of people that can find an insult in a bouquet of roses or who see toxic leaders under their bed at night. But also we live in an environment where there are leaders that are toxic, that lead through fear, that are self-serving in their leadership approaches, or they could be other types of leaders that look to be more popular than effective to try and gain approval from their organization – the people in. In today’s world is a leader, in order to be effective, you’ve got to make sure that you’re leading through your personal example. Anything that you expect the people in your organization to do, you ought to be willing to do it or demonstrate that you are doing it. Also, you’ve got to make sure your inspirational in your approach on how you do business.

You’ve got to get people fired up – and last but not least, to deal with that hypersensitivity in that toxicity and make sure neither one exists in your organization, you’ve got to make sure you have a balance between discipline and compassion. What I mean is this, when discipline outweighs a compassion in a leader’s leadership approach, then truly toxic environment could exist and it could affect morale and performance of the organization.

Likewise, if compassion is weighing down discipline, then you could have an overly lenient, permissive environment where mediocrity is seen as meeting the standard, which again could have an effect on morale and performance in the organization. As a leader, you’ve got to find that balance between discipline and compassion, which is why leadership is an art.

Every day you’ve got to look for ways to make sure that you are balancing this out. Sometimes you have to be firm and fair, but also there’s times that you really need the pedal back and show the people in your organization that you care about them. In the end, a good leader will find that balance and they will continue to be a leader of example and a leader of inspiration.

What kind of leader are you out there?

Have a great week, everybody. Let’s get after 2021! Boom!

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