127: Why Talking About Your Mistakes Helps You Lead Better
Published February 10, 2014
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    Have you considered telling the people you lead about the mistakes you’ve made? On this show, why you lead better when you share your mistakes.

    “Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.” -Dale Carnegie

    Here are the benefits to talking about your mistakes with others:

    You get people’s attention.
    You open the door for people to be more willing to accept coaching.
    You give people a realistic path of what it looks like to learn how to lead.
    It reminds you what it was like to learn that skill in the first place.
    It keeps you humble.

    Two words of caution:

    Make sure you share real mistakes you’ve made.
    Sadly, not every organization values this kind of transparency. Be smart about the politics where you are.

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    What’s a past mistake you could talk about that would be helpful to those you lead?
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