The Merriam-Webster online dictionary offers two main ways to think about compromise:
1. settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
2. a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial <a compromise of principles>
Reasonable people often disagree about “the right thing to do.” If you are never willing to compromise with people that don’t see things exactly as you do, you probably won’t accomplish much as a leader.
I’ve found there is a big difference between someone that asks me to compromise, and someone that tells me I have to compromise. The person that asks me to meet somewhere in the middle usually cares about me even if they disagree with my position; the person that tells me all the compromise has to come from me usually cares more about himself than anyone else, and he is either unable or unwilling to see this perilous vice.
I’m totally willing to compromise, but I absolutely refuse to be compromised by compromise. I can work with anyone that I believe has the greater good of the group in mind, even if we slightly disagree on group goals or how to achieve them.
But I will always unapologetically oppose the folks I believe are blinded by hubris and selfish ambition. I’m thankful that for me, it’s personal.