You will be frustrated

And so you should

Because that’s what happens

When you consult contrarians.

 

You will be impatient

And so you should

Because you’ll have to listen more

Than you’re inclined or deem necessary.

 

You will be surprised

And so you should

Because the people you lead

Are full of biases, fears, needs, and brilliance.

 

You will be uncomfortable

And so you should

Because a leader leads

Into difficult and unknown territory.

 

You will be embarrassed

And so you should

Because you too make mistakes

Which you have to acknowledge and share.

 

You will be insecure

And so you should

Because there are many business uncertainties

And unexpected twists and turns.

 

You, dear leader, will have to keep learning

Because what worked last month

Or in your previous job or context

Often does not work here, now, or tomorrow.