Rules of Engagement
Rules of engagement for authority figures in war:
If this isn't the hill you want to die on, don't draw your sword.
Once your sword is drawn, it is a fight to the death: either the death of your enemy's perceived rebellion or the death of your authority.
If you won a hard-fought battle, but in retrospect know you were wrong, concede the error - but not the victory.
(Imperative question to ask before proceeding to the rules: Is this the hill you want to die on? The wise warrior does not engage the enemy unless he is willing to die in the battle.)