Not every person who joins your team will work out well. As a consequence, dismissal is part of working life.

Your ability to let someone know they’ve lost their job – that they’re being fired – in a way that is respectful, fair, and keeps them whole is a really important leadership skill. It means that when you make the tough decisions, you can also execute them in a good way.

There are a bunch of laws and rules around dismissal, of course, but more importantly, there’s a very human approach to this very tough situation. We suggest you think through these principles and then make sure you know the legal rules