Ten Phrases You Should Adopt NOW

im-sorry-post-itI ran across this blog post and had to shake my head yes…

These are the words of a person who is genuinely humble…and these are words I need to use more. May I suggest a  #11 …“Would you please forgive me?”

Ten Phrases Every Leader Should Use
by Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

  1. “I made a mistake.”
  2. “I was wrong.”
  3. “I’m sorry.”
  4. “I’m not sure.”
  5. “I don’t know.”
  6. “Would you help me?”
  7. “Could you help me understand? I’m not sure I get it.”
  8. “What do you think?”
  9. “What do you suggest?”
  10. “What would you do?”

No one likes to show their ignorance, or admit they are wrong. When we become a leader, we might feel even less likely to show our vulnerability. After all, aren’t we supposed to have the answers when we are the boss? Didn’t we get the job because of our expertise?

Relax.

Take a deep breath.

No one has all the answers, including you. And even if you did (you don’t, remember?), saying things like the ten phrases above would still be in your best interest. Here’s why. More>>

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