Should a Leader Compromise?


When we are working things out, negotiating for a win-win, allowing others to see and gain from our flexibility and when there will be no harm from not having it our way.


Not if it means we compromise our convictions, our word, or our values. (more…)

Sometimes our efforts to negotiate with our leader lead us feeling about as fruitless and frustrated as the adorable toddler in this viral video. (more…)

“Stubbornness is a virtue if you are right.” – Tony Dungy

I really like this quote because it highlights the other side of what we often immediately consider a negative trait! Of course, there are many instances when stubbornness can get in the way of our productivity and progress, such as when we’re not willing to explore other viable options or when we’re unwilling to admit when we’re wrong. However, there are many instances when being stubborn is exactly what is needed. Here are some examples:

  • When you won’t compromise your values and beliefs.
  • When you choose what’s right over what’s popular.
  • When you don’t give up, even in the face of adversity.

As Tony points out, in the right circumstances stubbornness doesn’t mean we are unwilling to budge. It means we aren’t willing to negotiate on what we know is right.