Do I need to have a strong personality to be a leader?


My boss is a big personality — the type who loves the stage and rallies staff with rah-rah enthusiasm. He gave me a resolution for 2019 to be a more vocal leader like him, but that isn’t really my style. I’m much more reserved, but people seem to enjoy working for me too. Do I have to be an outspoken personality to be considered a strong leader, even if it isn’t authentic? Is it fair for me to be judged like that?

Authenticity is important — unless of course one is authentically a jerk, right? Big personalities often get the most attention because, well, they call attention to themselves and the media likes to cover big personalities.

But that isn’t a prerequisite for effective leadership or success. Authentic integrity, talent, respect, encouragement, humility, recognition and reward are leadership qualities that will always be successful — regardless of whether they are wrapped in rah-rah enthusiasm or quiet calm. You do you, and let your staff and the performance of your team be the best indicators of your leadership success.

I have a bathroom for patients at my dental office where I keep supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning products. Lately I’ve been noticing that my supplies have been dwindling down. Is it possible that people are pilfering products from me? How do I prevent this from happening or monitor it, since it is a bathroom?

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