Leadership is about character. Character is a combination of intent (your motives) and your integrity (honesty). Character is fundamental to building and maintaining trust. When your character is compromised, trust plummets and can be difficult to regain.
Your character can be compromised when you acquiesce to please others (who lack integrity or have shady motives) . It’s particularly challenging when your Manager or other Senior Leaders are the ones you need to please.
Of course, there are some lines that can never be crossed; cheating, lying; fraud, theft, falsifying records, harassment, discrimination, bullying or any crime – just to name a few. Better to walk away and find another job should this happen.
There are also shades of gray – where your character may clash with others but there are multiple paths forward.
Regardless of the situation, never compromise your character WITHOUT expressing yourself – or there will be regrets accompanied by that sinking feeling you let yourself down. You may be unable to influence the outcome, but at least your character is in tact.
Be the one that helps others see and experience a better way. You might even be surprised if others support your position.