• “In an era where out-size, narcissistic business leaders are treated like rock stars, with the requisite cult followings, of course, elevating humility as an essential trait for creative leaders may seem quaint, even a bit anachronistic. Yet, humility and the ability to admit error may be two of the most important qualities a truly creative leader must have.”

 

The quote above comes from article in Forbes “Creative Leadership: Humility and Being Wrong” by Doug Guthrie and Sudhir Venkatesh. I like the title of ‘creative’ leadership as embracing failure is often the very soul of creativity. Unconventional thinking for upside opportunity. Once again leadership/management and embracing failure intertwine…

 

  • “[L]eaders must not only recognize their failures but also acknowledge them publicly. In being wrong, they can find both authenticity and opportunity…A creative leader is self-aware and not weighed down with insecurities, constantly worrying about how they are perceived by their employees and peers. … He believes that, ‘people respond to leaders who give credit to their team for success and take responsibility upon themselves for failures…Some leaders contend that admitting error is a sign of weakness and an open door for allegations of illegitimacy. So often the opposite is true. What is more powerful than an individual who can stand in front of his or her employees and admit that the failure was his or hers? What better way to gain the respect and admiration of your team than to take the blame and responsibility on yourself rather than calling out someone on your team? By admitting you are wrong, by taking blame, you will have a group of more committed followers. The work of Kathryn Schulz, the author of Being Wrong, is particularly on point here. Schulz notes: ‘As a culture, we haven’t… mastered the basic skill of saying ‘I was wrong.’ This is a startling deficiency, given the simplicity of the phrase, the ubiquity of error, and the tremendous public service that acknowledging it could provide.’”
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