“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
Leaders under pressure. I am. You are. We are. It’s easy to do the right thing when everyone agrees. Sometimes they won’t.
You know what’s right. But then, the counter view. Important folks could say you “lack political savvy” or worse yet, that you’re “not aligned,’ or not a “team player.” What if your boss takes you aside and outlines the stakes? You could chill down. Consider. If you still need to take a stand, you’ll feel pressure.
Not easy. Been there. Survived. Grown. Not easy again. Survived. Got there again. Prospered. Who knows, taking a stand may or may not work the next time.
One time I even walked into my boss’ office and said, “if this doesn’t work, I’ll resign in 6 months, but you have to let me try.” He did. It worked. Fantastically. Should you do that? Only if you’re ready to follow-through.
Players and dynamics change. After you clear past moral, ethical, legal there are still so many shades of gray till you feel it’s “okay with you” not to mention aligned with your “leadership philosophy.”
When taking a stand, it’s important to have clarity. There will be consequences to your convictions. Good and bad. And open to interpretation.
Signs It’s Time to Do the Right Thing
“Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing”
Do the right thing when:
- Your heart says stop
- Your heart says go
- You can’t sleep
- The good guys are aligned
- Your trusted advisors wrinkle their noses
- Something’s stupid
- You keep praying, but know the answer
- Someone’s forgotten the human beings
- You wouldn’t tell your kids your choices
With every decision, you’re writing your story.
Do the right thing anyway