22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details It’s never easy letting others down as it’s in our nature to want to please those around us. As a leader, you’re often responsible for the difficult task of rejecting an idea an employee proposes. Many staff members who are proud of their work find it very hard to accept when their superior doesn’t feel the same way they do on a certain issue. When you’re put in the position of having to let down one of your subordinates, consider the following three tips for breaking the news, without breaking their spirit.Keep it quickTurning the employee down or giving them the news that you’re not on board with what they’re presenting can be an incredibly awkward exchange for both parties. The best way to handle the situation is to speak privately with them and don’t drag out the interaction. Explain clearly and concisely why you feel the way you do and thank them for their dedication to the team. Then move on to the task at hand and how you feel things should progress from there.Provide praiseAs stated above, it’s important you thank your employee for their hard work and also praise their talents and strengths. Turn the encounter into a positive one by stating that although this time you had to say “no,” you value their work and want to encourage them to keep up their job performance. Highlight things they’ve brought to the table and focus on their contributions and their commitment to the team. Chances are given if the meeting started out rough by breaking unpleasant news, the praise you will offer will leave them feeling positive.Be the bossRemember that you are the leader and it’s up to you to handle both the good and bad times at the office. Employees will always present you with ideas, but that doesn’t mean they are always good ones; it’s important that you’re always honest with them. Being strong and confident will show your staff that you take the work seriously, so don’t apologize for doing what you feel is right for the team as a whole.