Leadership Minute: Taking the Bad with the Good


Bad things happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. – Walter Anderson

One of the certainties of life and leadership is that bad things will happen. That doesn’t make you a bad person; it just means you are normal. How you respond to the bad things that happen defines your character and your leadership. Anger, frustration, and disappointment are common reactions. But you can’t let those emotions linger or control you. In addition, your people are looking at how you respond. Your reaction sets the tone others will follow. When bad things come your way why not use those experiences as stepping stones to developing your character and leadership? You are not immune from troubles and how you handle them will set you apart. Taking the good with the bad is about growth and development. No matter what comes your way, keep looking up. You are never more than just one reaction away from a response that can change your life for the better.

About dougdickerson

I am Certified Leadership Trainer, author, columnist, and speaker. Husband to Alicia, father to Katelyn and Kara, and "Pop" to terrific grandson Tyson. I am an avid photographer, love the outdoors, and like to travel. I'm passionate about sharing my leadership insights and helping people reach their full potential.
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