Mistakes happen…Hey, the government lost an $80 million F35 fighter

What happens when you screw up as a leader? Maybe it’s not at the level of losing track of one of the most advanced warplanes in the world…but how you respond as a leader is important, both to people who work for you and the people you work for.

I remember the first time I made a *real* mistake in a leadership role and I’ll never forget that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I went through every possible iteration in mind about how to get out of it, minimize it, or blame someone else.

Then I realized I’m a leader now and there’s only one thing to do.

If you made a mistake, admit it and explain how it happened and what the fix is. “Ah, yes ma’am, we lost the airplane. No ma’am, we don’t know where it is or how it happened. But we’ll find out and fix it.”

So, the next time to mess something up, here are some tips to keep in mind:

➡️ Get all the facts. Make sure you understand what happened and why first.

➡️ Never blame anyone…except yourself. Take responsibility.

➡️ Don’t cover up…ever. It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the cover up.

➡️ Be transparent. Let your senior team know of course. That’s Step 1. But it’s just as important to communicate to the people who work for you. It’s not a sign of weakness…it’s a sign of maturity and leadership.

➡️ Tell people how you’ll fix things. Talk about specific action plans and timetables. Don’t wait.

➡️ Finally, ask people for their support moving forward.

Not every mistake you make requires this level of process, but it’s important to remember that as a leader, you set the values and culture of the organization. If you are open about your mistakes, you’ll make it easier for others to do so as well and you’ll have a better shot at fixing them more quickly.

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