If A Leader Doesn"t Know, Admit It!

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One of the greatest challenges nearly all of us confront is to have the ability, self confidence and willingness to admit that there are things that we have little to no knowledge about, and to avoid the natural tendency to pretend that we have all the answers.
As significant as this fact may be in everyone's life, for those in positions of leadership, it is even more crucial.
To become a great and meaningful leader, one must be honest with himself, and objectively self - analytical.
While it is impossible for any one leader to have all the answers to all the questions, challenges and needs, what differentiates those that go on to greatness is usually the willingness to admit that he does not know it all.
While possessing valuable knowledge is certainly an asset for any leader, identifying and admitting that he does not have all the answers, is even more essential.
When a leader has the self confidence and motivation to become great, he understands that he must put together a team, or an inner circle, in order to further his scope of understanding.
Unfortunately, often because of someone in leadership's lack of ability to admit this, he often either proceeds in a less than optimally directed direction, or he settles into a self - limiting personal comfort zone, where he cocoons and procrastinates, so that he will not make a mistake.
However, unless a leader is willing to make mistakes, and, in fact, makes mistakes, he can never do as much as is needed for effective leadership.
Have you ever been at some meeting, seminar or event, and observed that a handful of interviews seem to be in love with their own voices, needing to continuously speak up, and behave as if they are authorities and experts.
True expertise requires far more listening than speaking, and in many cases, the real experts only speak out when they feel they can contribute positively to the conversation.
In order for organizations to overcome the imposed limitations created by those who pretend to be experts, they must develop a professional,y designed and ongoing leadership training program.
Only in this way, will someone who becomes a leader better understand how limiting the comfort zone often is, and seek to become the best leader he can be.
Because experience and expertise are significantly different, merely because someone may have some sort of experience does not mean he knows everything about everything! One of the first things a leader must do is to admit he doesn't know it all.
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