Byron's Babbles

Owning Up To Our Mistakes

Leaders are not responsible for always being right. However, one of my early mentors always taught me to see problems as opportunities. As he would say, “We’ve got an opportunity.” I never heard him say problem, obstacle, or challenge. And framed as opportunities they always became just that – opportunities for growth and success. Any great leader will share that they have made many mistakes along the way. Those same leaders will teach that it was the collective insight from bad decisions that taught them invaluable lessons. My mentor taught me to see opportunities in everything and anticipate the unexpected more quickly.

Randy Conley also taught us great leaders admit their mistakes in Simple Truth #42, “True Servant Leaders Admit Their Mistakes” in Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways To Be A Servant Leader and Build Trust, Making Common Sense Common Practice, Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley, As Randy said, “In reality, admitting mistakes is one of the most powerful ways a leader can build trust. When your team sees you own up to your behavior, they see a leader who is genuine, honest, and authentic” (p. 109). The best leaders I’ve been exposed to are/were transparent with themselves and others, admitting when they were wrong so those of us looking on could also benefit from their learnings.


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  1. Lifetime Chicago said, on October 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    It is sad that we don’t see this enough.


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