Today I’d like to share a business strategy and leadership mindset with you.

It’s called the “Polarity of Leadership.”

Let me give you an example to explain what it is and how to use it in your current situation:

Think back to when you were a kid.

You’ve probably tried the classic experiment with the two magnets. The one where you placed the North and South pole of the magnets together. What would happen? They would stick, right? But what happened when you placed the same poles together?

The magnets would repel each other.

So, what’s the underlying lesson here?

For example, look at the success of Disney.

Their success would never have happened without Walt Disney’s vision and creativity.

However, if he didn’t have his brother, Roy Disney, to handle all the financial and strategic decisions, Disney would never have become the financial juggernaut it is today.

Disney’s success is the perfect example of the Polarity of Leadership.

And it’s not just Disney.

In fact, you can find examples of the Polarity of Leadership in everything—even in parenting.

On the one hand, you can be too strict with your kids. On the other hand, you can be too loose.

You run into the same polarity when you are leading your team.

For example:

One polarity is being too close to your team.

The opposite polarity is being too emotionally distant.

Let’s be honest, very few people want to follow a cold and calculating robot — unless you’re a diehard “Westworld” fanatic, I guess. They want someone to lead and appreciate them as human beings. Being a leader doesn’t mean you’re supposed to be their friend. You need that professional distance. But if you never show any emotion, people won’t trust you, and they won’t follow you.

The Polarity of Leadership is just one of the dozens of little-known tips and strategies I talk about in my book, “The TRUST Method.”

If you’re curious and want to take your leadership skills and your business results to the next level, my book is a great place to start.

Here’s the link:

Kristian Thaulow