Firing people is one of the toughest decisions any leader must make
An organization’s most valuable asset is its people.
Your team as a startup can be the difference between an industry-changing unicorn and just another failed venture. And this is why you must get the right people onboard, and the wrong people off-board.
Firing people is one of the toughest decisions any leader must make. Someone trusted you and your vision enough to join your team and you are letting them go. It's an outcome dreaded by everyone. But if you realize you have indeed made a mistake with hiring, it is in the best interest of everyone to let the person go.
While it may not look like it on the surface and in the short term, it is in the best interest of the person who got fired because it gives them the opportunity to reflect on their conduct and their career. Adversity causes some people to break, and others to break records. It is in the best interest of the company (obviously) because you have taken off the team, someone who is either ineffective, incompetent, slowing down work, costing the company resources, corroding the work culture or some combination of these.
And therefore, it’s important for leaders in organizations to prioritize recruiting the right people. Set up systems that help you recruit smart, talented people. Write out a detailed job description before you hire anyone. Ensure each team member knows exactly what they are meant to contribute. Pay your team well. And give people the resources to excel at work.
The best antidote to firing people is hiring the right people in the first place.