Leadership

You Need to get Comfortable Knowing You Might be Wrong

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No, the fact that you believed it doesn’t make it any more valid or worthwhile, and nobody owes your viewpoint any respect simply because it is yours. There is a difference between a belief and things you just didn’t know.

As you move up in leadership, you’ll find that there are less and less answers. Instead, there are more and more decisions based on incomplete information. That can make you uncomfortable because you’re used to having the right answer. So, you’ll look for answers when you should be looking for decisions that will lead to answers. You need to get comfortable with that ambiguity. In other words, you need to get comfortable knowing you might be wrong.

You need to stop believing there is an answer and start weighing multiple paths you can take. You need to know that things won’t go as planned, at which point even more paths will need to be considered. When that happens, you need to stand in the middle of that mistake, be humbled and fight your way out. When you are able to not have answers and still successfully make decisions, then you are ready for leadership.