- "I'm the best!"
- "I know everything!"
- "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?
- You ignore where you suck.
- You ignore how your competitors are going to kick your ass.
- 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:
- improve his faults
- improve his efficiency
- 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:
- "Hey! No sweat! I actually did that at my last job!..."
- "You're in luck! I read about some tricks the other week!"
- "I have tons of experience doing that...."
How Denial Sucks Your Company
Without admitting your faults, your team members think:
- "He knows everything."
- "He knows where to take the company."
- "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.
Posted on July 31
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