How To Admit You’re Wrong as a Leader

How To Admit You’re Wrong as a Leader

When people look to you as a leader in a business setting, it can be tough to admit when you’re wrong. Not only can it be tough on the ego to admit fault, but there is concern that it may undermine your ability to lead effectively into the future.

The truth, though, is that great leaders will make mistakes and learning how and when to admit them can make the difference between it being a good or bad experience for those you lead. Here are some tips on how leaders can admit mistakes in a positive way.

1. Lose the Ego

First and foremost, the ego’s got to go. This can be tough for some business leaders who have made a fortune out of pretending like they always know what they’re talking about. Humility can often be looked at as a weakness instead of a strength. The best leaders know that being humble is a way to connect with those they lead and give others an example of how to react when they make a mistake.

Rather than relying on your own vanity to propel your decision-making into the future, look for ways to be selfless. Try to compliment someone around you every single day. Avoid over-praising and making it sound fake. Instead, look for something where you can be sincere with your complement. Once you’ve made a habit of noticing the little things people do, you’ll start to develop an attitude of gratitude and will be able to more easily spot the amazing things that people around you do.

2. Admit Your Weaknesses

Again, everyone wants to save face. But rather than just putting lipstick on the pig, taking full responsibility for a mistake is the quickest (and best) way to overcome an obstacle and start on the path forward. Most people can relate to others that have made a mistake when they are humble and sincere about acknowledging it.  Truly being vulnerable in a time of hardship can allow you to better connect with those you lead.

The minute you find out that you’re wrong about something, admit it. Waiting, for any reason, never works out well. Be honest in your dealings and quick to admit when you’ve done something wrong. Also, as leaders in business, one thing you have to learn is to take full responsibility for mistakes. Avoid trying to “share” the blame with others, even if others took part in it.


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