“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt from his “Citizenship in a Republic” speech.
As a leader are you encouraging and helping others to take risks, to “Go big or go home” or are you the armchair quarterback who is ready to critic everyone else’s efforts? If the critic is remembered it is in a negative way. The leader who gets in the trenches and strives to get things done is remembered fondly as the leader who was right there with everyone else, helping to make a difference.
It’s your choice which one you want to be.