Thoughts On Howard Stern’s Message to You Know Who’s Supporters

A position in management is not as glamorous as it appears to be. Sometimes, that person has to make a choice. Do they want to be liked or do they have to be a hard-ass and get the job done?

This morning, HuffPost published an article that I hope hits home. Radio personality Howard Stern had a message for those who support you know who: He doesn’t like you.

Wow. Blunt and perfectly to the point.

The problem is that he wants and needs to be liked. He thrives on that approval. I get it, I really do. The desire to be liked is built into our emotional DNA.

That being said, we can’t always be liked, especially when in a management position. Whether it is a parent, a teacher, a boss, or an elected official, tough decisions will have to be made every once in a while. Those tough decisions may not always be received well, but it comes with the territory.

The problem is that his need for that approval overrides his ability to do his job. Without Covid-19, this management style is problematic for any number of reasons. With Covid-19, it threatens to kill (if it has not done so already) the economy and millions of Americans.

A good manager knows when to be liked and knows when to be a hard-ass. Unfortunately you know who has not figured that out and I doubt he ever will.

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