How wonderful to talk on a leadership dilemma with people from all over the world! During our leadership webinar, last Monday, we had the privilege of welcoming participants from amongst others Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United States and Australia. Together, we exchanged knowledge and experiences, and answered the question: ‘Can you, as a leader, be friends with the people in your team?’ In this article we gladly share the most striking discussion points and outcomes, as well as the recording and the handout.
It became clear from the discussion during the webinar that the answer to the question ‘Can you, as a leader, be friends with the people in your team?’ is not clear-cut. That’s because it depends. On various elements, such as personal expectations, cultural differences and external factors.
All considered, the answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.