As a result, the “loyal” fans rioted, overturning cars, setting fire to roadside property and there were running clashes with police in the streets.
This is an extreme reaction when things don’t go the “right” way. In the UK, we sometimes call it “Throwing your toys out of the pram” meaning that the reaction is a babyish/toddler-like reaction – one that really is not right for an adult.
How do you react when things don’t go right for you when you are in leadership?
- Do you throw a tantrum?
- Do you get drunk?
- Do you get aggressive?
- Do you sulk?
- Do you blame others and not accept responsibility for your actions?
If you react in any of the above ways, people will get hurt – physically or emotionally. If you, as a leader, react in this way your followers will see that they have a right to react in the same way. After all, followers will act out what they are shown. What results is chaos.
- Do you react with calmness, although disappointed?
- Do you accept responsibility?
A great leader will use such situations as a learning experience – analysing, seeking to understand and then to learn from the mistake or situation to not repeat it again in the future. What he is modelling is vulnerability, and is fostering a culture of taking risks.
I know whose team I’d rather be in. What about you?
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