Leadership is about many things. One of the critical skills of leadership is learning how and when to say ‘No’. This operates at many levels and includes sometimes saying ‘no’ in order to say a greater ‘Yes!’.
Saying No is sometimes linked to integrity and doing the right thing: Sometimes it is linked to commerciality and the viability of a project: Sometimes it is about setting a boundary for self, for colleagues, or for an organisation.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that always saying Yes is aligned to Can Do thinking. Sometimes its just a way of avoiding conflict, and sound judgement.
So when it’s appropiate…. Have the courage to say No!