As a leader, you will most likely witness things that are wrong. It could be an instance of discrimination, bullying or unethical behavior. When faced with the situation, you will have to make a choice: Either stand up for what’s right or look the other way. It takes courage to stand up especially knowing that in some organizations, doing so might put your career at risk. You might be told to stand down and if you don’t, you may quickly be dubbed “not the right fit,” a career ending label. It takes courage to step out and do the right thing.
Unfortunately, the workplace if full of leaders who lack courage or who are more interested in advancing their own career than doing what’s right for the organization. That’s why we still have workplaces that tolerate bullying, bias and discrimination.
Leadership is a tough job. When all is said and done, if you have the courage to do the right thing, rest assured that you will be remembered by many as an awesome leader. More importantly you can look back on your career and feel good about your accomplishments and about yourself. Personally, I have no regrets. Do you?
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