We help teams build vulnerability-based trust as the basis of becoming a high performing team. A key element to creating this type of trust is admitting when you make a mistake.
There are several potential ways to admit a mistake, and each has different implications for your team:
- "I made a mistake, but it wasn't my fault." Blaming others does not contribute to a healthy team.
- "I made a mistake. Sorry I'm such a loser." Putting yourself down does not contribute to a healthy team.
- "I made a mistake. Thank you for supporting me as we recover." Taking responsibility, accepting help, and showing appreciation contribute to a healthy team.
Illustrator Yao Xiao shared some cartoons which show the impact of being thankful rather than overly apologetic.
Where would a "thank you" have a more positive impact than "I'm sorry" with your team? In your life?
Thank you for investing time in improving your impact as a leader.
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