LEADERS AND THE FOUL RULE
My first year of playing organized basketball was when I was in the 5th grade. I will always remember one of the first practices when my coach explained to the team what the Foul Rule was.
Simply put, he said when you make contact with another player that is against the rules the referee will blow his whistle and call a foul on you. Then you raise your hand to acknowledge. The official scorekeeper will record it. Then put your hand down and play will continue.
Now think about what happens in today’s games. The referee calls a foul and the first thing is that the player argues with them and nobody ever raises their hand to admit it anymore. Play is delayed.
How simple games and life would be if we just went back to the foul rule as it was written. Let’s take it a step further and apply in today’s world as a whole.
If you are a leader of an organization and make a mistake, do you follow the foul rule or do you try to cover it up or spin it. Doing this will cost you credibility and respect from the people around you.
Humans are fallible. If you make a mistake as a leader, admit it (raise your hand). It will be recorded and a plan will be made so it doesn’t happen again. And then continue play.
Easier said than done. However, in the end if you follow the Foul Rule you will be a better leader because of the respect you have gained.