Selfish coward or loyal supporter

“My boss threw me under the buss.”

“I did most of the work but my boss took all of the credit.”

“I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard my supervisor taking credit for my ideas.”

“I was blamed for something a co-worker did and my boss knew the truth and didn’t do anything about it.”

These are a sampling of quotes from emails I have received. They all reflect the anguish, disappointment, pain, and fear some employees experience because they work for selfish cowards.

Beyond cowardice – a more excellent way

In *Leadership Under Pressure, Colonel Bob Stewart offers seasoned counsel, “Care about those who work for you before you concern yourself with pleasing superiors.”

One expression of caring is loyalty.  Loyalty is surprisingly simple. However, loyalty requires courage.

Three ways to stand with your people

First, if you’re a self-serving coward, everyone already knows. Turn the corner on cowardice by apologizing in private to your victims. Don’t make a big deal about it. Just take responsibility. Then begin publicly honoring your team. Lastly, the next time the team fails say, “I screwed up.”

People are drawn to selfless honesty and repelled by selfish deceit.


Let’s talk about it. What’s your take on, “Care about those who work for you before you concern yourself with pleasing superiors?”


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Leadership Freak
Dan Rockwell

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*Leadership Under Pressure is a book of lessons learned and shared in personal stories by Colonel Bob Stewart. He was the first British United Nations Commander in Bosnia. On return from Bosnia, Stewart was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Colonel Stewart’s quote came from Leadership Now