Be one of the good guys!

23 01 2015

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.  If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ~Desmond Tutu

Accountability is one of our company core values.  If you, as a leader see another leader, or line staff worker talking down to someone, being disrespectful, saying “because I said so” without explaining their order, or otherwise not behaving as you know I think our leaders should behave – say something!  Walking by and feeling bad about the way they’re behaving, but doing nothing about it is cowardice, and the opposite of living the core value of accountability.  I’m not saying chastise them in front of their team member, but take the time to pull them to the side, and call them out for their behavior.

It’s hard to do, but confronting a bully (or other type of bad leader) will end up feeling great in the end.  The times in my life where I acted as a coward, and didn’t do the right thing still hurt me 20 plus years later.  I’d do almost anything to be able to go back to young Jim and fix those lapses in judgment.  That’s probably why I may be (slightly) over-sensitive to bullies, and go (maybe a little too far) out of my way to confront them and shut them up.  After all, the pain of cowardice hurts a lot longer than any pain that might come from confronting someone who is clearly wrong (even if they beat you up – which won’t happen in the workplace… usually).  Be brave, be right, be known as one of the “good guys” (and women).  It feels great!

Speaking of Neutral…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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