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 an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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