The President Does This, So Can You
We’re talking about making mistakes.
A Daily News story about the president’s recent interview with Barbara Walters reports:
A candid Obama reflected on the first three years of administration and freely admitted he has made mistakes.
“Oh, I think probably once a day, I look back and I say, ‘You know, I could have done that a little bit better,’” Obama told ABC’s Barbara Walters.
Making mistakes once a day sounds kind of frequent, no? But then if you consider the number of minutes in a day, it doesn’t sound so bad. To be sure, it takes an exceptional leader to expose his vulnerabilities so freely; he disarms his critics by unabashedly highlighting his errors.
Should you admit your mistakes at work, too?
Yes, if you want to build strong relationships. And who doesn’t? Think about what you demonstrate when you acknowledge your imperfections. For example, you show:
- an ability to self-reflect
- that you’re trustworthy
- you can forgive yourself, and by extension, are likely to forgive others
- strength in the certainty that your mistakes won’t kill you
- that you can find relief, and peace of mind.
So come out at work as someone who makes mistakes. By showcasing all these positive attributes, you’re likely to draw numerous people to you.
Even if you’re not the POTUS seeking re-election, you can enjoy the many benefits of saying you’re wrong.
Date: January 19, 2012