Why we trust leaders who admit their mistakes


Why we trust leaders who admit their mistakes

Mountain climbing

Anyone in a leadership position knows that mistakes are inevitable.

They can hit at any time and it may not even be a direct result of your actions. But there is one mistake that is worse than the actual mishap.

If you want to dig a deeper hole for yourself then refuse to admit to your mistakes.

You can take the route of blaming someone else for the outcome of your decisions and deny accountability until someone else finds their head on the chopping block. Anyone but you, right?

Or – and this is a big or – maybe you could take responsibility for the blunder and ask for the assistance of your team members to remedy the situation.

So, why is failing to admit to mistakes so harmful to leadership? And what can you gain for owning up to the fault?

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