Every leader takes hits. There’s a cowardly part of me that does not want this to be true. But it is true. I’ve heard both [American] football and hockey players say that the best players are willing to take a hit. That’s how they are engaged at the deepest level in the game.
People will misquote you, abuse you, accuse you, talk about you untruthfully, and misjudge your motives. You will say things that offend people. You will not make everyone happy all the time. You will fall short of people’s expectations. Study biographies – even the people we admire the most later on had plenty of real-time and near-term critics.