One of my favorite quotes by Henry Cloud, author

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“To be a successful leader, you may not keep everyone around you happy. In fact, if you are successful in any arena of life, you are guaranteed to tick some people off! Jesus said it best: “Woe to you when all men speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). When all people speak well of you, it means that you are duplicitous and a people-pleaser. You cannot speak the truth, live out good values and choose your own direction without disappointing some people. The key is not to count your critics, but instead to weigh them. Forget the popularity polls. Don’t try to avoid upsetting people; just make sure you are upsetting the right ones. If kind, loving, responsible and honest people are upset with you, then you had better look at the choices you are making. But if controlling, hot and cold, irresponsible, or manipulative people are upset with you, then take courage–it might be a sign that you are doing the right thing!”


from the book Nine Things a Leader Must Do, by Dr. Henry Cloud



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