Last night in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Boston Celtic Point guard Rajon Rondo, went all “World-Peace” (a.k.a. Ron Artest) and chest bumped a referee for a foul call against a Boston teammate.

Can you say suspension?

After the game the commentators tried to defend Rondo, but let’s face it, the guy did what all of us have done at some point. He lost his composure.

With the Celtics trailing the Atlanta Hawks by four points with 41 seconds to go in the game, Rondo ran his mouth to the point where he was assessed a technical foul.

Enter the chest bump.

Rondo was then assessed a second technical and kicked out of the game.

As the point guard Rondo is the leader on the floor for his team, and he should know better than to get kicked out of a game in crunch time.

Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

I will be the first to admit, it can happen to anyone. However, as a leader, it is important to remember that an outburst of anger has consequences.

Consider the following:

  • When we “lose it” everyone on the team is affected. If Rondo is indeed suspended, his teammates will suffer as much as he does.
  • When we don’t learn from our mistakes we are bound to repeat them. Rondo was already suspended for two games earlier this season for throwing a ball at an official. Anger management anyone?
  • When we have a meltdown at the wrong time, we ruin our reputation. Rondo is a really good player. Unfortunately, a major part of his legacy will be tied to “going postal” in a playoff game.

Undoubtedly, there will be times this week you are tempted to lose your composure.

Resist.

An outburst of anger will hurt those around you and cause a hit to your influence.

Remember, “A wise man keeps himself under control.”

 

i2i,

Randy

 

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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.