A wise man was once asked what the key to his success was. His answer was, “I’ve made lots of mistakes.”
And therein lies one of the keys to you becoming an even better leader. Allow yourself, and especially those around you, the latitude to make some mistakes.
The key is to learn from the mistakes. As a dealer for over 20 years I know I made a lot of mistakes and I’m sure I made some of the same ones twice. But, I’d like to think I learned something from each mistake.
Far too often when dealing with team members, leaders don’t use mistakes as a teaching moment, but as a criticism moment.
The key is to give your team enough rope to make some mistakes, but not so much that they choke themselves, and your business in the process.
When people are allowed to make some mistakes your organization becomes more innovative. Without innovation your organization becomes stymied. (Get innovated, join a 20 Group.)
It’s very difficult to be a great mentor when you micro-manage every decision that’s made.
When you micro-manage you end up with micro-growth. Team members like working in an environment where they feel like they are allowed to grow. When they grow, you grow.
Let the mistakes begin. That’s all I’m gonna say. Tommy Gibbs