Monday, June 7, 2010

Be one with class ...

“Class is the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.” – Ann Landers

We are all faced with situations in life and career that push us to the edge – the edge of losing it, bellowing out and not being ourselves. In other words, acting without class. It is natural; it is expected in many, but it can be avoided.

We saw this just a few days ago in of all things, a major league baseball game in the city of Detroit. With a perfect game under his belt, two out and a grounder that would have sealed a perfect game for pitcher Armando Galarraga, the seasoned umpire Jim Joyce called the runner safe when, upon reviewing the replay, he was clearly out.

What happened next defines class and accepting responsibility.

In a very unusual move, Joyce accepted full responsibility for the blown call – he admitted he was wrong. He accepted responsibility. He stood above others who would shrink from the cameras. He defined leadership.

Pitcher Galarraga too showed true class and leadership. He kept his smile; he understood mistakes happen. Rather that rant and rave on the field or in the locker room, he accepted what had happened and was a man of class. This is so uncommon in sports – and in life as well -- and is a welcomed sign of relief that some just do get it.

Handling yourself with class in difficult situations defines leadership. Getting above the noise and accepting responsibility when you know there may be consequences is again, the sign of a leader. When something goes wrong, followers look around for someone to blame; leader don’t look around, they look right in the mirror – and accept responsibility.

So …

• When you are wronged by someone and it wasn’t intentional --- be accepting.

• When you are dealt a blow in your job – don’t rant and rave – try to probe deeper and reach a level of understanding. Let cooler heads prevail.

• Rather than battle – pick your battles selectively.

• Rather than react – look at yourself in the mirror and be sure you like what you are about to present through your actions and words.

Be accountable. Be responsible. Act with class always. You will be able to carry your head high. And when you make a mistake, take responsibility. Others will look up to you. Your boss will see this. You will grow.

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
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