There are difficult and important decisions that a leader must make - more often than not with imperfect information and with little time to make the call.
Mistakes happen. What truly breaks out the great and praise worthy though are those who can admit their mistakes and do it publicly so others can learn by their example.
Via John at PowerLine, I give you a leader.
Human error is something that we all live with, every day. But this umpire, Jim Joyce, watched the replay, and realized that he had blown the call:DDG-1000. LCS. TFU. USNA Color Guard & Slotbacks, etc. Where are the leaders? You would think that these things happened on their own - that no one in uniform had a hand in their creation.
"I just cost that kid a perfect game," Joyce said. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."
"It was the biggest call of my career," said Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989. ...
Joyce faced a group of hostile Tigers -- led by [Tigers manager Jim] Leyland -- between the pitching mound and home plate after the final out and was booed lustily by the crowd of 17,738 as he walked off the field.
"I don't blame them a bit for anything that was said," Joyce said. "I would've said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would've been the first person in my face, and he never said a word to me."
Are we too prideful - or too scared?
Mr. Joyce - well done. A great man is a humble man.