When you lead, friendship should not be the number 1 priority ; as inevitably there will be extended tolerance for non performance and that will be detrimental for him/her, yourself and the company too.
Continue to demand the best from your subordinates. Be strict, be demanding and if friendship can grow, that is great.
As a leader, your primary task is to focus on performance and to grow others : & not being a “nice buddy” to everyone
Are yo truly ENGAGED in what you are doing whole heartedly ? Are you leading your life with a strong purpose and conviction to be better, to add value, to share joy, to give ?
Or are you bored and passing your days aimlessly ? Surrendering to circumstances? Doing the same as you did years ago ? Creating excuses to camouflage your insecurities and fear of change ? Conjuring distractions to cover up yr failures.
Who are you ? Which are you ?Search deep inside your soul.