EAR DOCTOR K: I'm the executive assistant to a CEO, a man I've worked with for years. By most measures, he's doing a very good job for the company, but people don't like him. He's aggressive, and that's been good for the company, but he comes across as angry. I think he'll listen to advice from me. How can he channel his aggression more constructively?
DEAR READER: I'm no expert on leadership, but I've seen many leaders in the medical arena. And you're right: An aggressive personality has both advantages and disadvantages in a leader. Aggression can drive a company to compete successfully in a competitive world. The leader can set goals that some on the team think are unrealistic -- but then the skeptics are proven wrong. They discover that they are able to meet their leader's goals. Think what happened to Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs.