Key Principle of a Leader #31: Don’t be afraid of making unpopular decisions

Don’t be afraid of making unpopular decisions. If you as a manager don’t, no one will! Many decisions made by managers are unpopular – they force someone to exert themselves more, stick to the rules or give status reports on the work. Even handing out bonuses may seem to some as a screaming injustice. In other words, we as managers believe in what we’re doing, explain why we do it and support employees as much as possible…and we keep on making unpopular decisions.

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Peeter Tohver

Every thought in Peeter’s head is backed up by practical experience. He has managed teams and companies all over Estonia as well as in Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, both on long-term contracts and drafted in to resolve specific issues. His name has been attached to Tallinna Kaubamaja, Falck, G4S, the Transport Department of the City of Moscow, Talleks and more. In his work he is every inch the rock-steady manager and inspiring leader.