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As A Leader, Prove Yourself Wrong First – Exercise | Deliberate practice

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From the Post: As A Leader, Prove Yourself Wrong First: Thinking Before You Decide

In the realm of leadership, decision-making is a critical skill. Leaders are often tasked with making tough choices that can have far-reaching consequences. In the pursuit of making informed decisions, the instinct is to seek validation for one’s ideas and beliefs. 

However, true leadership requires a different approach—one that involves challenging oneself and being open to the possibility of being wrong. Explores the idea of proving oneself wrong before making decisions and its implications for effective leadership.

In professional contexts, the emphasis lies not solely on right versus wrong, but rather on the adherence to ethical conduct and principles. Decision-making processes are often influenced by both conscious and unconscious biases, which are inherent to human nature.

Work at cultivating an awareness that allows you to step back and analyze your own reasoning and question its accuracy

I have written about the power of this one question before and I’m going to encourage you to use it because it’s universal. The question is:

What don’t I know?

Additional questions to consider along with the what don’t I know:

  • Am I part of the problem?
  • Could I be wrong?

These question serves as a potent tool in mitigating the encroachment of biases into decision-making processes, thereby promoting a more balanced evaluation of correctness even when being wrong is correct.

If you are struggling with the idea of the effect of being right or wrong try this:

  • Make a list of attributes of a leader who consistently arrives at correct decisions.
  • Then make a list of attributes of a leader who is adept at preemptively recognizing erroneous decisions.
  • Finally, think about how staff and peers perceive a leader who demonstrates proficiency in making correct decisions while averting the enactment of flawed ones.

By contemplating these attributes, one can gain insight into the multifaceted nature of effective leadership and decision-making, fostering a culture of accountability and ethical conduct within organizational frameworks.

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