Strong Leaders Admit What They Don’t Know

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Here’s some great advice on leadership from Steve Keating, a sales, leadership and team building guru:

Strong successful leaders actually staff for their weaknesses. They are not threatened by those who may know more than they do in particular areas. They know that their strengths lie in other, likely more critical areas. They don’t bog themselves down with trying to know it all; they have strength in not knowing it all.

They have the courage to admit what they don’t know, they have the courage to admit it when they don’t know what they do not know and most important of all, they have the confidence to ask someone they believe does know.

They confidently use their team’s knowledge to fill-in their own gaps. They are not embarrassed by their gaps, they are confident enough in what they do know to know it’s perfectly acceptable to not know it all. They do not pretend to know more than they do because they know that sooner or later their “fake knowledge” will be discovered.

If you’re a leader who doesn’t know then ask. Ask confidently and ask as often as necessary. It doesn’t damage your credibility with your people, it adds to it. It’s how Authentic Leaders do it.

Read the entire article here.
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Image Credit:  Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasjonesrb)

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Categories: Coaching, Professional Development, Self-Awareness

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  1. One of the most memorable and culture-changing things a leader can convey is: “I need you here. You’re vital to what’s happening here. I couldn’t do it without what you add. Thank you.”

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