In our book Enlightened Leadership we talk about the importance of leader being able to admit mistakes.This not only humanizes you in the eyes of your employees, but it also fosters our model of self-responsibility and creates an environment of freedom to make mistakes – something which encourages people to take risks and grow. In this article on PR Web, we see how many leaders are refusing to admit their faults and how this affects their employees.
The Importance of a Leader Being Able to Admit Mistakes
In new research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), a significant percentage of UK line managers have an exaggerated sense of skill and ability to effectively manage their staff. Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions, HR consultants Manchester warns that situations like this could be affecting company productivity.
‘The cohesion of a team of staff is a crucial aspect to a company’s success, especially regarding smaller, newer enterprises. With small amounts of staff, often in close working contact, it’s essential everyone gets along well and tasks are completed smoothly,’ says Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions, a Manchester based HR company. ‘If one member of the team is difficult to work with, the effects can be devastating to productivity.’
The study involved 2,000 employees and managers and revealed that one in four line managers – representing nearly 2million employers in the UK possessed an over inflated opinion of themselves and their abilities, which the CIPD warned would impact negatively in various aspects of business.
‘How a line manager behaves directly affects the staff below,’ explains Jane Carroll of Personnel Solutions,HR consultants Manchester. ‘Being unaware of the challenges faced, reoccurring issues and praise due can cause frustration, stress, and in extreme cases staff absences and sickness, all of which can often be avoided.’
Do you recognize the importance of leader being able to admit mistakes? How have your mistakes actually benefited your or your employees?