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The best leaders know that hiding their mistakes won’t do them any favours in the long run. Instead they know the benefit of accepting and working with them.

Great-Leaders-Don't-Hide-Their-MistakesPoised, ready… snap!!!

So it was the other night when I took to the streets with a friend to take photos. In amongst good conversation, I shot over 100 pictures in about an hour or so. Some feat I might add!

Leaders know that life isn’t like a digital camera

Unlike real life though, with a digital camera we’re able to see immediate results. To check composition, focus and exposure, and then decide if we’ve captured a good shot.

With post editing we’re then able to sharpen focus, fix colour balance and even delete images to our hearts content. And no-one even need know.

But the reality of life is quite different. Leaders don’t have the luxury of a quick digital edit.

We all know that it takes time to see the impact of the choices we make. And for bad decisions to go amiss by others is a ‘perk’ very few of us have. Especially leaders who make themselves accountable to those they lead.

That said, should that stop us from being willing to take risks? Of course not. As Robert F. Kennedy once said,

Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”

With so much attention given to when things do go wrong, the idea of failing greatly can be a scary one. But this should only serve to emphasise the need to celebrate more often our small successes.

As leaders we need to get out there and make some mistakes

Though we never approach new things intending to fail, it’s inevitable that we will on occasion do just that. But as leaders, we must still try.

Out of the 100 or so pictures taken, I’d be pleased with just one or two that are print-worthy. Not a huge ratio — but pleasing anyway!

So putting aside the limitations we place on ourselves and the preconceptions of others, its only right that we take to the streets, get poised, focus, and take some shots.

And most importantly, not allow fear to cause us to hide our mistakes.

Over to you

When was the last time you acknowledged your mistakes and what was the outcome? Share your answer in the comments.

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Photo credit: Silvia Sala via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

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