I get a lot of calls from people who I can tell are uncomfortable with whatever they have called me to discuss. I can feel the vibration coming down the air waves.
A year ago, I ended a chat with a client and he said, “I constantly feel uncomfortable in my role as the CEO of my company.”
I let the dust settle for a few seconds and asked him to explain it. His explanation was perfectly reasonable and he knew exactly how he felt and why. Anybody would have felt the same.
We discussed it and then he asked me, “When does that uncomfortable feeling go away?”
I leaned into the second latte, took a sip, confronted his expectant face, and whispered, “Unfortunately, never. Part of being a leader is being comfortable with discomfort.”