You are always causing something as a leader. People watch you, judge you, and count on you to be different. Leaders need to be someone worthy of followership and should be held to a higher standard. Therefore, all leaders need to conduct themselves as if someone is always watching.
Riley Cooper is a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. He used the worst sort of racial slur with his buddies at a concert this summer. Somebody recorded this knucklehead moment and posted it on the Internet. Cooper is now paying the consequences. He accepted responsibility for he remarks and is trying to make amends to his teammates, coaches, and fans. But Cooper will never be the same-he is tainted and he has lost the benefit of the doubt with many people. We saw what he could become which was a thoughtless racist.
Character is what you display when you think no one can see you. Cooper displayed a deeply offensive flaw. We are all flawed. People who want to lead effectively must embrace their flaws and work to become a mature person able to see, be, and do what it takes to create opportunities for others.
Learn from Cooper's mistakes and seek out the harmful flaws within yourself. Take the time to deal with them so you can strengthen your character and be a leader that is worthy of followership.
Remember: Smart people learn from their mistakes. Wise people learn from the mistakes of others.
by Mike Nally