Why Embrace Your Faults

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  1. "I'm the best!"
  2. "I know everything!"
  3. "I will lead us all to victory!"

You'd think a lead must never admit his/her faults:

  • "A leader must never show weakness!" you'd think.

But, what happens when you think you're the greatest thing to happen since Billy Mother-@#%^ Idol?

  1. You ignore where you suck.
  2. You ignore how your competitors are going to kick your ass.
  3. You ignore better approaches to lead your company.

Result: A state of denial gradually destroys the engine that drives your company.

How Humbleness = Good

A humble person constantly seeks to:

  1. improve his faults
  2. improve his efficiency
  3. improve his team's morale/skills/productivity/direction

Admitting to your team:

  • "I suck in these areas: , , __."
  • "I don't know how to approach: ."

...leverages your team's collective strengths to resolve those weaknesses for you:

  1. "Hey! No sweat! I actually did that at my last job!..."
  2. "You're in luck! I read about some tricks the other week!"
  3. "I have tons of experience doing that...."

How Denial Sucks Your Company

Without admitting your faults, your team members think:

  1. "He knows everything."
  2. "He knows where to take the company."
  3. "He doesn't want or need my input."

Result: You create a bunch of yes-men -- people that wait for your directions instead of taking the initiative to kick ass.

Admit your faults. Embrace team's input. Rock the @!#$@ world.

This is how I suck.

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Posted on July 31


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