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I think one of the most freeing things about leadership is recognizing that leaders make mistakes. To be a leader does not mean you’re perfect. It simply means that you recognize your faults and take ownership of them.

This liberating mindset frees you up to take risks. You may look back and say, “That was a mistake.” On the other hand, you may find it was one of the best decisions you ever made.

To recognize your imperfections is to admit your humanity and learn from your faults. It also reminds your followers that they, too, can admit and grow from their mistakes.

If a leader makes a mistake and can’t admit it, that usually reflects on his insecurity. It is a sign of weakness not strength. Security in your leadership is what allows you not only to make a mistake, but admit it.

As I study the Scriptures, I consistently find leaders who made various blunders. Sometimes they were costly ones, such as when Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and was thus not permitted to enter the Promised Land (Num. 20).  Other times pride creeps is, as was likely the case when David numbered the people in 2 Samuel 24. In both examples, two things stand out: (1) leaders do make mistakes, and (2) when they do, they must take ownership of them.

We mustn’t suffer under the delusion that leaders are without fault.

So, go ahead and lead without letting the fear of failure hold you back. When a mistake is made, admit and learn from it.

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