Discord Directed at the Leader

Wherever you find a group of people, you’ll find adversity. If you are the leader, the discord will probably be directed at you.

We have a new coach at my tennis club. The previous coach was popular, so it has been interesting to observe how people treat the new coach. Most are quiet, just observing and wondering how this will work out. But one person speaks up, complaining and criticizing the “new ways.”

If you find yourself in a situation like this coach, the biggest mistake is to engage in self-doubt. Indecision and doubting your principles will throw you off-course. Remember President Lincoln’s philosophy that “you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Seven people could be supporting you, but just one who is complaining can throw you off-track.

When discord is directed at you, don’t let it make you indecisive. If you do, you won’t please any of the people any of the time. – Shar McBee

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