Note To Non-Leaders: Your Embarrassment Is Not An Emergency
A quick rule-of-thumb way to determine whether or not someone is a leader is to put them in a situation where they have to think of their people first rather than themselves, at the risk of their own consternation, confusion, and/or embarrassment.
A leader will wait until the person they must speak to can be called from their duties with dignity.
A non-leader will interrupt immediately regardless of the embarrassment or confusion to the other person. They will assault the person with jargon, accusations, and information irrelevant except that it exposes the non-leader’s embarrassment.
This is true virtually every time it’s put to the test.
If you happen to have a non-leader in authority over you, the best thing to do is to realize what is true. Then laugh.