Employees aren't going to like every decision you make. Strong leaders, though, know how to rally the troops, even around an initially unpopular idea.
John Maxwell, a prolific author who's written more than 60 books, says whatever you do, you can't buckle under unpopularity: "Sooner or later you encounter fierce resistance. Leadership feels a lot like peddling uphill, swimming upstream, or running into a stiff headwind. The challenge is to overcome the resistance instead of being overwhelmed by it," Maxwell writes on his blog.
Read below for Maxwell's suggestions on how to overcome stubborn employees unwilling to change.
Know that change creates friction.
Humans are creatures of habit, and changes in the day-to-day may upset their routines. So don't