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Randy Speck

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Why is it sometimes difficult to admit mistakes and say "I'm sorry"?

Admitting a mistake and then taking responsibility for it is not always easy and is sometimes not found in leadership. Why is that?

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    Mar 5 2012: It puts us in a vulnerable position. We want to be right, accepted and appear competent and certain. Ego fears being in a vulnerable position, however, I do think with time comes wisdom and a confidence in self that surpasses the need to be "right". Personally, to admit my mistakes and offer apologies is a gift I can give myself as well as to the person on the receiving end. We are all better off with a bit of humility and self reflection, and in the end it is these characteristics that allow us to let go of fear and defensive nature and be our authentic selves.

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