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If there is a chance to knock the ‘other guy’, even if it upsets political progress, most politicians will choose knocking over progress. I do think that many politicians and parties put ‘winning’ the next election (self interest) higher than doing right for the people (which is part of the appeal of Adams’ self-professed ‘one-term’ candidacy). This dynamic aggravates the ability for leaders to embrace failure since it will so readily be used as a weapon against them.

Bret L. Simmons underscored Seth’s and Scott’s point about dearth of leadership humility last week. That’s what’ missing from the Leadership rostrum on far too many Congressional and Corporate committee rooms.

The ‘Smartest Guy in the Room’ approach has now been pretty much debunked by the real and severe havoc the approach has had in contrast to the brittle and contrived advantages it promised. Bret highlights this critical attribute in a recent post ‘Leaders are Master Learners’

  • “Our attitudes as leaders should be ‘these employees of mine are way smarter than me. I am a student of the potential of their behavior, and I could spend a lifetime learning how to better partner with them to create an organization where we, our customers, and our community can all thrive. I am humbled by the challenge of what our interdependence can achieve.’

Only when one embraces the notion that they fail to have all the answers, can one be open to learning. And of course, embracing failure is one of the greatest teachers.