Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason

I have a friend who is going through a challenging season due to a difficult (and unpopular) decision he had to make for the long-term profitability of his company.

I sent him a message of encouragement to bolster his spirits and, in his reply to me, he wrote, “It’s not so bad knowing I did the right thing for the right reasons, even though others may not see it yet.”

Now, that’s perspective!

That’s leadership.

It’s also a situation that many of us will face and, when we do, will we have the strength and courage to do what’s right and for the right reasons?

This, of course, requires us to be clear about our beliefs, values, and standards.

But once we do the work of clarifying those beliefs, values, and standards, we become armed with the kind of perspective that is needed in order to display the kind of leadership my friend is currently demonstrating.

So, do the work of clarification.

Live and act with integrity.

Do what’s right – in big and small things – and know the reason why you’re doing it.

When you do, you will be able to live with yourself and be proud of yourself, even while others seek to tear you down.

Knowing who and what you live for is empowering.

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