Leaders are called upon to make countless decisions, and sometimes things inevitably go wrong. Many leaders may see admitting a mistake as a sign of weakness, but the opposite is true in many instances.
A true leader is humble enough to admit their mistakes because acknowledging your errors can strengthen your relationships with your team. In addition, admitting your mistakes communicates in a powerful way that you believe in the relationships you’ve developed. Your team needs to know you have the trust in them and in your own leadership to say, “I’m sorry. I didn’t handle XYZ well. I take full responsibility. Here’s what we need to do to get things right and back on track…”
The sign of a superior leader is not that they avoid making mistakes; it’s that when they do, they are humble enough to admit it and learn from them.
Credits: Steve Adubato, PhD