“The first rule of leadership, everything is your fault” I got this line from the movie ‘A Bug’s Life. It is a line that hits differently when you are on the receiving end. No leader ever wants to fess up with their shortcomings. The good thing about making a mistake is the chance to rectify it. The good thing about falling is the chance to get back on your feet and keep walking; the possibility of getting back something you had lost is always there. But there are some mistakes you would make, and they will not give you the chance to recover. You just have to let it rain and wait for the rain to end.
As a leader, you will often find yourself on the wrong side. This occurs primarily when a decision you made has proved to be a wrong move. So, what should you do when it hits you that the decision you made one month ago in a meeting is really costing your organization?
A good leader admits mistakes and acts swiftly to rectify them. When there may be no time left to correct an error, I usually allow the storm to just pass. The best thing is to protect the interests of the organization and my employees from further damage. It is wise to lose one thing and save the rest rather than lose both in an attempt to save one.
When anything is beyond me, I am usually aware it is a grave mistake. But, first, I will have to forgive myself. This is the only way to true happiness and success in life. It is good to admit that we are not perfect, and at some point in life, we are bound to make mistakes, sometimes grave mistakes. Forgiveness is an act of divinity, even forgiving ourselves, which we rarely do.