When the going gets tough, real toughs go where they can see clearly

When the going gets tough, you must get above it all. (free public domain: clipart-people.com)

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Tell me, how do you interpret the part about the tough get going?

It all depends on your mind-set, doesn’t it? You might believe that it means the tough will get involved, roll up their sleeves and tackle the problem. Or you could be cynical and believe that it means the tough will run like the wind, away from the tricky situation.

But what should you do, as a leader faced with the going getting tough? If you believe that your role is to be tough, to be “the strong one”, then you will make the mistake of getting involved in the daily detail.

That is not where you should be. When the going gets tough, more than at any other time, you must get above it all. You must get out of the detail, else you will only see the battle you are fighting now, and not see what the war is all about.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.