You can never go at leadership alone. Unfortunately, too many leaders allow their egos and hidden agendas to stand in the way of doing what is best for the people and organizations they serve. Leaders are not responsible for always being right. However, they are accountable to see that problems become opportunities and solutions are proactively found so that momentum is never lost. They should know who the subject matter experts are on their team(s) and empower them during times of crisis and change so that the organization is not blindsided by the unexpected.
As any great leader will tell you, they have made many mistakes along the way. They will admit that it was the collective insight from bad decisions that taught them invaluable lessons ? and how to see opportunities in everything and anticipate the unexpected more quickly. Successful leaders are transparent enough with themselves and others to admit their wrong doings so that those around them can also benefit from their learnings. They call this wisdom and many leaders lack it ? because they are too proud to recognize mistakes as valuable learning moments for themselves and others.
Managing mistakes is much like leading change management. Everyone is in search of the clarity and understanding to minimize risk and discover the short and long term rewards of change. We focus so much time on maximizing our strengths but not enough time on understanding how and why we fail ? which is equally important to success in the marketplace.
Becoming the most effective leader requires us to take on the responsibility of dissecting both the why and the how of both our successes and our failures. It?s important to see these through circular vision to best evaluate the dynamics that we deal with on a daily basis. They exist around, beneath and beyond what we seek to create through the impact and influence of our leadership role. Taking a 360 approach gives us the broadened observation to see things more clearly and provides us with the perspectives that we often ignore. We spend so much time on the here and now ? rather than on the why and how, which is what ultimately teaches us to lead more effectively towards more sustainable outcomes.
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