Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doing the right thing in the face of adversity.

It is easy to do the right thing when everyone agrees with you. It is another thing when doing the right thing is not the popular action.

And yet, it is precisely at these moments, that effective leaders come through.

Leading our teams, our families, our lives takes a commitment to do the right thing, especially when doing the right thing is not the easy choice.

I was reminded of this the other day when a friend of mine reprimanded her daughter for spilling a drink on a precious and irreplaceable book. We were all visiting friends when it occurred. My friend felt so badly about the incident that she immediately said to her daughter, "we are going home, you didn't calm down when I asked you and now you have spilled this drink on a precious book."

She showed her daughter effective leadership because in the face of adversity, she decided that this was the right course of action and followed through on this action. The adversity came from everyone at the party, everyone said "it was just a small accident", "she didn't mean to spill the drink," "you don't have to leave," etc. The truth is both mother and daughter were enjoying themselves and the decision to go home was going against the common belief.

She did what she believed was the right thing to do despite the popular opinion at the time. This is when leadership (and parenting) gets tough.

What about you, do you follow through and do the right thing in the face of adversity?

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