There is a famous line in the film Invincible, when the wife of one of the main characters reminds her husband of a time-tested principle: “Character is tested when you’re up against it.” In other words, true character is exposed when a person is in the toughest of situations. And one of the toughest situations anyone can go through in their career is departing an organization, in particular when the departure is forced upon us, either by downsizing, restructuring, or outright termination. These are the situations when true character is brought to light. These are also situations in which one’s legacy is cemented in the eyes of everyone they ever worked with. How do they go out, with dignity? Or classless and vengeful and looking like petty and immature individuals?