To be human means to mess up once in a while. But the difference between good leaders and great ones lies in how they handle those mistakes. Here are four simple but impressive ways you can demonstrate great leadership when you make a mistake:
1. Acknowledge your mistakes.
Never try to cover up or blame others for what went wrong. Insecure leaders may be afraid of looking weak, but not admitting their mistake makes them look worse and costs them respect.
2. Learn from your mistakes.
Once you learn from your mistakes, don't repeat them. The nature of great leadership lies in accepting risks, trying new things, and taking big chances, looking for the limits of what's possible. And the best leaders know creativity often means breaking rules, making mistakes and learning along the way.
3. Teach others from your mistakes.
When you make mistakes, make a point of teaching others what you've learned. Doing so builds connection and trust. The best leaders are the great teachers, coaches, and guides who show us the way after they have been down that path.
4. Move beyond your mistakes.
Success is connected with action. Successful people keep moving; they make mistakes but don't quit. Don't forget your mistake, but don't dwell on it or let it get you down. Get up and keep moving.