On page 161 of EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey he writes,
"Some days leadership is unbelievably tough. It requires that you walk through the pain of really rough decisions that are best for everyone in the long term but hurt deeply in the short term. When it comes to releasing someone from your team it is a really tough call if you love people well. Releasing someone should never become too easy, or you are in a danger zone. However you will learn to pull the trigger gently and with dignity for the good of all involved, your company, its culture, and even the person leaving. Leaders who do this poorly and who don't act are doing damage to all the players on the team. Have the courage to do the right thing, the right way, at the right time, and you will be on your way to becoming and EntreLeader."