The Burden of Leadership by Victor Cheng

Many people from little kids to professionals in their 50s want to be “in charge.” They want what they perceive to be the perks of being in a position of authority.

What most don’t recognize is the BURDEN that comes with leadership. When there’s an uncertain environment, it is the leader that absorbs the bulk of that uncertainty — creating a simplified, more structured environment for her team to operate within.

When a major decision needs to be made, and there is no obvious decision, it is the leader that bears the consequence of choosing incorrectly. When a difficult decision needs to be made, choosing between a bad choice and a worse choice, it’s the leader that has to live with deliberately making a bad choice — solely to avoid an even worse choice.