My company, Centric Consulting, has been remote since it was founded in 1999. Like all leaders of all organizations, I’ve made my share of mistakes. It’s impossible to avoid — leaders are human, after all, and growing an organization requires risk-taking. Getting it right 100% of the time isn’t an option.
What’s important is to continually learn from your mistakes, approaching them with humility and vulnerability.
I know, easier said than done. It’s difficult to admit mistakes, no matter your title. When you admit a mistake, you’re also admitting you’re not perfect, you don’t have all the answers, that you let someone (or your entire organization) down. You may fear coming off as incompetent. But how you learn and move on from a mistake speaks more loudly about you as a leader than the mistake itself ever will.