In The Line of Fire

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During tough situations a leader can choose to shift the blame, push the burden onto someone else, or carry it themselves. They can even stand in the line of fire to protect the honor of an offending party. A choice between self-preservation and exhibiting true character.

To field the blows of hurt people, knowing all the details of a situation, having no guilt, but owning it regardless, is true integrity. It hurts in the moment, and is truly unfair, but a leader who only heaps condemnation on others is not fit to lead.

At times that could mean trusting and supporting your leader, who seems to be falling on their sword, but may be doing so to protect someone else. The question is, do you value being justified, or do you value people. The latter takes the blame for others, the former is out for himself.

Stephen Roblesintegrity