Letting It Go
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine when you should stand your ground and when you should concede. While it’s generally important to project confidence and stand up for yourself, there are some situations in which letting go is better for your professional reputation and credibility. Here are a few suggestions from The Muse via Forbes about when to take a step back.
- If you’re wrong. Sometimes people think backing down will make them seem weak or indecisive. But if you realize your idea isn’t as great as you thought, if someone else has a better one, or if you’re just plain wrong, it can actually help your reputation to let it go. Showing that you value the success of the company or the team over your own agenda demonstrates good judgment, which people will remember next time you want to fight for something worthwhile.
- If it’s not your place. If you don’t have the right clout – maybe you’re a new hire, or you aren’t involved in the decision-making process – it may be best to keep quiet. You may not have enough information about what you’re fighting for, and you don’t want to seem like a know-it-all, especially on matters that don’t directly concern you.
- When it gets too intense. Even if you’re clearly in the right, a coworker might escalate a situation to such a tipping point that it’s best to walk away. Don’t risk your reputation or career by getting involved in an unprofessional fight. Remove yourself from the situation and remember to keep RespectfulDont’ #1, “Don’t Try to Stop Disrespect with More Disrespect,” in mind.