As CPR continues its Moral Leadership series, to close out this work week, CPR submits two quotes from a formidable leader Mrs. Rosa Parks. Mrs. Parks was an American civil rights activist whose refusal to relinquish her seat on a public bus precipitated the 1955–56 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama, igniting the civil rights movement in the United States. According to Mrs. Parks, "you are never to be fearful when what you are doing is right" and "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Both quotes are powerful statements that, as leaders, we should take heed of. Fear is the number one way to commit Acts of Omission, which is doing nothing. We also know fear is responsible for paralysis analysis. As a leader, if you are standing on a solid rock, where truth resides while it may not be popular, doing what is right eventually pays off. As leaders, it is essential to do the right thing. This is one trait your staff can model. Character matters! Truth matters.