If you are a fan of baseball, you’ve likely heard about the bizarre call that ended Game 3 of the World Series. Just when it looked like the Red Sox had clearly tagged a Cardinals’ base runner out at home plate, the umpire called him safe. You can watch the play here:
He was safe based on an interference call. Most people watching the game didn’t even know that rule existed in baseball. Almost no one would imagine that such a call could be the deciding factor in a World Series game. But there is a leadership lesson here:
Leaders do the right thing, even when it is hard.
There’s no question that the umpire made the right call. There’s no question that he knew he would be criticized forever for it. But he made it, and he made it without hesitation.
Doing the right thing is not always easy. Most of the time, it is the hardest thing to do. But it is what good leaders do, no matter what. And especially when the stakes are high.