Strong leadership takes guts. Don’t let fear of tough conversations bring your startup down.
There are few things more uncomfortable than having the “you’re fired” conversation — except maybe having that conversation when you’re one of the most prominent corporate leaders in America.
Earlier this year, Marissa Mayer attracted a lot of media attention when she fired COO Henrique de Castro — her first major hire as Yahoo’s CEO. Some pundits were outraged by the millions in severance he walked away with, while others began speculating about how much longer Mayer would be at the helm.
For female leaders, it’s imperative that we don’t let the opinions or perceptions of others affect our decisions. Having the confidence for hard conversations is often what builds our platforms for success.
Here are some strategies to help address a few difficult discussions: