How To Be A Leader
There’s a common misconception about how to be a leader. The misconception is that leaders need to make every decision and they always need to be right. Even if they are wrong, some leaders feel that they need to pretend that they are right.
That mindset is a great big hogwash of malarkey.
No great leader has been correct with every decision. If they feel that they have always been correct, then they probably weren’t a great leader.
Great decision-making doesn’t happen in the black and white. Great decision-making happens in the grey area. It is about taking the facts, assessing the potential outcomes, consulting with others, checking your gut and then making a choice.
Sometimes you’re right. Sometimes you’re wrong. And sometimes it is impossible to tell.
Regardless, decision-making doesn’t end when the decision is made. You need to pay attention to what happens as a result of the decision. And it won’t always be good.
Did you get the outcome you expected or was it different? Were you wrong?
If it proved to be a bad choice, admit it and change it.
Humility doesn’t mean you lack confidence.
Admitting you’re wrong doesn’t mean you’re weak.
In fact, it’s just the opposite. It takes a strong leader to admit their faults.
As my mother-the-therapist would probably say, you can either be a great leader or you can be right. You can’t always be both.