He who fights with monsters should take care that he himself does not become a monster. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and EvilTaking the high road is the principle that you maintain your personality and standards of behavior in response to difficult situations such as an encounter with political tricks, unethical behavior, insults and indignities. The principle addresses the common urge to shift into negative behavior when encountered with difficult people or situations. Changing your personality or standards in response to such challenges can make you look like the bad guy and leave you with a sense of regret.
Maintaining high standards in the face of low behavior is no easy practice as it requires mastering your emotions in the most difficult of situations. Taking the high road is a hallmark of maturity and tends to earn respect and admiration.
|Definition||Maintaining your personality, standards of behavior and ethics when facing political tricks, unethical behavior, insults and indignities.|
|Value||Self-actualizationEarning respect and admiration|
|Related Concepts||Office PoliticsLeadership|
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