"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can ... As a peace-maker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough" (quoted in Donald Philips' Lincoln on Leadership).
I've done my utmost to cooperate with my subordinates without worry about how I will be perceived by others. This hasn't been easy for me (I still get caught get caught up in worrying about what people think of me sometimes). I rather be known as a collaborator willing to do what's ultimately in the best interest of kids than be thought of as a "tough guy" with whom nobody messes.
This post is part of the "Leadership Lessons From American Presidents" series.