Perfectly Imperfect Leadership

By Sander A. Flaum

The only thing you can be sure of is that you’re going to make mistakes. How you handle them will largely determine your success as a leader.

Great leaders have feet of clay like the rest of us, but they must have the wisdom to admit their flaws openly and be prepared to make wrongs right, even if it costs them. If a leader can admit mistakes, correct them, and move on, the people he leads become empowered to take risks, make mistakes, admit them, change, and grow.

Leadership is so hard because it flies in the face of proper societal conditioning. We’re taught to believe that people won’t like us if we’re flawed. So admitting one’s mistakes isn’t easy; it takes courage, mixed with a good dose of humility and self-esteem.

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