Throughout my career - I've been accused of kindness. Oddly enough - never by the people, I was leading. Too often kindness, in business, is seen as a weakness instead of a strength.
As this great blog post by one of my favorite Leadership Guru's (Dan Rockwell) points out. In business - NOT being kind is the easy way out. The crisis nature of a good many work environments gives rise to excuses for people to manage in an adversarial way vs leading in a (much harder) servant leadership manner. It's a quick read - and a good reminder that being kind takes/examples the kind of strength that builds effective teams.
Fron Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak)
"I’d be kind if I had the time. Thankfully, you don’t have to be kind when the house is on fire. And it seems like there's always a crisis. It’s not that you're intentionally unkind. It's that crisis mode frees us from obligations to show kindness. Sadly, some of us are in constant crisis mode...
The trouble with kindness: