There are many times when a leader has to make tough decisions to move an organization forward. People may not always understand or see the decision as something good for the big picture of the organization. In that moment, the leader stands alone to take the final step. In 24 years as the CEO, I have had many of those moments and regretfully, some of those strategies backfired. When I did not trust my gut or I allowed someone else's loud voice to take over what I knew in my heart was the best choice are the things that I have had to make peace with over the years. Forgiveness is often hardest when we first have to forgive ourselves. My lesson to anyone in leadership and anyone in the workplace is to trust your instincts. Each time I walk through my day in full integrity of my instincts, my choices are the best choices, my soul and my organization thrive. I learned a great deal from some of those bad decisions which at the time seemed like good decisions. Just remember, if you have a bully in the space; someone who uses intimidation to push through their agenda, it's time to show them the door.