MYTH #2: I must never make mistakes
TRUTH: You’re guaranteed to screw up (that’s a good thing)
“A man who never made a mistake never made anything”
Bad managers hide their mistakes
They’re never wrong. Even worse, they blame everyone else when something goes wrong.
It leads to a blame culture where everyone tries to blame anyone else. It prevents people learning; which you can only do if you admit a mistake!
Great managers admit their mistakes
Anyone learning anything will slip up once in a while. Everyone makes mistakes.
When you do it as a manager, your team will follow. And when your team feel comfortable enough to admit their own mistakes, they will learn from them faster.
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them” Bruce Lee
TIME TO (WO)MAN UP
Can you imagine the respect you’d gain for any leader brave enough to admit their own failures to you, and then tell you what they are going to do to improve?
“Making mistakes is better than faking perfections”
By admitting when you are wrong, you will gain greater respect, commitment and honesty from your team in return. So be brave and start doing it!
TOP TIP: Someone who appears never to make a mistake is probably just good at hiding them!
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