Saturday, October 4, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 278

Want others to accept responsibility? Start by asking for your own forgiveness.

We can talk about the importance of accepting responsibility as often as we like, but if we're aren't modeling what it means to be responsible, then what is the point?

Being responsible means taking credit for all the good and bad that we do.  This means regularly asking for forgiveness, something that some leaders aren't particularly good at.

Asking for forgiveness sounds easy, but it can be a struggle for some.  "If I'm in a leadership position, then why should I be apologizing for leading?"

Of course, things are never that simple.  Leading isn't about making decisions that are always right.  In fact, leading is about acknowledging the fact that some decisions made are wrong, and that this will happen.  It also means that when we acknowledge the wrong decisions, we must also apologize for having made them.

But won't an apology weaken your status as a leader?


Leaders are human, and all humans make mistakes.  The best leaders aren't right all the time, but they do take responsibility all the time.  When we acknowledge our successes, as well as our failures, we lead the way we were meant to.


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