Every leader will inevitably face a difficult conversation. The ones who master it will not only win the admiration of the people they lead but will achieve results beyond what anyone expects.
I still remember my first difficult conversation. I was selling software at the time, and there was an implementation that was not going well. I was risking my integrity and knew I had to offer to cancel the deal and refund the money. (I had already received my commission which meant I would have had to pay that back. That would have hurt.)
I called the client and reviewed the situation.