From Liked to Respected – A Growth Journey

Marcus McKibben - Success Leadership

When living in a state of fear you can find yourself desiring to be liked. Likeability is not directly correlated with success. Desire to be respected over liked.

They’re not gon’ Like you — 50 Cent “Back Down”

When it comes to leadership and teamwork, giving feedback is an essential skill that often separates good leaders from exceptional ones. However, it’s not always an easy task, especially when the desire to be liked clashes with the need to earn respect.

Leadership isn’t a popularity contest; it’s about guiding and inspiring a team towards success. While being liked is amazing, it’s respect that truly fosters trust and admiration. Constructive feedback, delivered with empathy and sincerity, reinforces the belief that your intention is to support growth and development.

Respect comes from Admiration and Fear –50 Cent “Still [Redacted]

🗣️ Transparent Communication is Key 🗣️

Effective feedback begins with open and honest communication. Clearly articulating observations, specific examples, and actionable suggestions helps create a shared understanding of expectations. This clarity, though sometimes uncomfortable, is essential for personal and professional progress.

In the pursuit of exceptional leadership, let’s remember that the path to respect may sometimes be lined with difficult conversations. By embracing this journey, we empower ourselves and our teams to reach new heights of achievement and personal fulfillment.

Remember, it’s not about being liked or respected in isolation, but about striking the delicate balance that allows you to lead with authenticity, empathy, and purpose.

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