“It takes bravery to recognize where in your life you are your own poison…it takes courage to do something about it” ~ Steve Maraboli.
Have you ever wondered why some leaders and individuals make mistakes over and over again even when it is clear to you that they could have averted it? It’s basically because of the “I can’t be wrong” syndrome. And if you’ve had that mindset before now, it’s time to change it because truthfully, it will only get you frustrated.
I have been privileged to work directly with a good deal of leaders at different times and for different purposes, one of the basic factors that determine how much a leader can achieve is his or her ability to truthfully and objectively ascertain the impacts of his or her decisions, actions, and words on the group or team. If you cannot truthfully ascertain how the words you said yesterday in the team meeting is directly or indirectly affecting the team’s performance as a leader, then you cannot be sure of a favorable outcome because this will determine how much they are ready to run with whatever vision or dream you’ve laid out before them.
One of the best way to do this is to listen to what your team players have to say even after the decision has been made. This does not necessarily mean that everything everyone has to say is right, but it gives you the opportunity to hear how they understand the decision you’ve made.
John C. Maxwell in his book, the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership while describing the law of navigation puts it this way:
“Good navigators listen to what others have to say. They recognize that they don’t have all the answers. They gather information from many sources”.
If you are able to do this very well, you will find out if you had actually made the right decisions or have drawn the wrong conclusions. This is so because there are times that some team members will tell you directly that they don’t think that decision is appropriate or workable but there will be other times that they are not up for long arguments. Whichever, the basic thing is to always find out if you’ve made the right judgement call or not and if you have actually convinced and won your team over on that decision.
Always bear in mind that the fact that you have said it does not make it correct and always be ready to retrace your steps once you ascertain that it wasn’t the best decision you could have made because mistakes are easy to correct at the beginning than when it has been allowed to run wild, you really don’t want that.
Owning up early enough when you are wrong would save you and your team or business/organizations a good deal of time and resources that might have been wasted if you had continued.
“You can always correct your course, but the sooner you are aware that you are off your path, the better and more satisfying your journey will be” ~ Hicks E & J
So, go find out if you’ve done well or if there are things that have not gone well, it could be the best time to fix it.
Wishing you a productive week ahead.
I honour you!