Accepting a promotion would involve choosing to put myself in this awkward place vis-a-vis my team where my decisions might evoke negative reactions.
The promotion is attractive because I anticipate being successful, making good decisions, and being enthusiastically appreciated for doing so.
And yet, deep within, we know reality is not so simple. Reality is that we cannot please everyone.
A wise question to ask oneself is how will one respond to the negative reactions, both those with substance and those without.
More germane to this week’s discussion, though, is asking whether you are avoiding the responsibility of leadership in order to avoid the unpopularity that often goes along with it?