Admitting to a mistake means refusing to use other people as scape goat to avoid responsibility but rather courageously owning up to every single one of them
We cannot be right all the time. To be told that you have made a mistake is honorable because only good associates and those who have our success at heart will draw our attention to our errors.
If we would set aside our tendencies to be unwilling to yield to another when appropriate, to let our feelings of inadequacy and insecurity prevail in situations warranting reason, to let our vanity become expedient over appreciating others’ worthy displays competence, if we would hesitate before inappropriately influencing others, we would have more peace and harmony in the workplace.
Most of the time, we spend time thinking of how to get people to be submissive and subservient. Productive energies are directed towards how to get people to “obey” rather than how to get them to be natural. Most of the stress executives suffer is caused by unwillingness to yield to the opinion of others.
The most important part of you will always been what’s on the inside. You will make mistakes, everyone does, but that’s why pencils have erasers. A mistake should be your teacher, not your attacker; a lesson, not a loss. It is a temporary, necessary detour, not a dead end. Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them. Worth mentioning is the fact that apologizing isn’t always a matter of admitting you’re wrong. Sometimes it just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.
In any organization, you will find two types of executives. First, there are those who feel they have lowered themselves by admitting a mistake and so try in every way to rationalize it. Second, there are those who come upfront in forthright fashion and admit their mistakes. The former type stifles initiatives while the latter encourages exchange of ideas needed for the growth of any organization.
Rather than admit a mistake, nations have gone to war, families have separated and good people have sacrificed everything dear to them. Admitting that you were wrong is just another way of saying that you are wiser than yesterday.
- Don Ward