The incident this week of Hillary Clinton having a meltdown moment during a press conference really highlights what never to do in a public setting. When an intrepreter made a translation mistake, Hillary – thinking she was being belittled in a comparison with her husband, went nuclear. The poor people in the room were shell-shocked.
The issue here isn’t about being offended – even if you’re highly insecure, which she obviously is. The issue is how to handle what you believe to be an innapropriate question. She should have laughed it off, or make a short, calm statement that it didn’t matter what her husband thought, or even ignored it.
But to go off on the poor reporter was extraordinarly poor judgement and even worse leadership.
Remember – if you’re a public figure – even when you’re tired or out of sorts – you’ll have these moments. Do you want to remembered as someone who dealt with the situation out of kindness and grace or remembered as the person who went nuts?