Mistakes: Leadership and Culture

The February Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting will be focused on mistakes and what they mean for developing your leadership skills and building a robust organizational culture. We will meet on February 18, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there. We meet in the restaurant.

Just as change is a constant and so are mistakes. We are human after all. Most people don’t intentionally make mistakes. What happens after a mistake is made makes all the difference. There are at least three dimensions to consider:

  • What does a leader do when they make a mistake?
  • What does a leader do when a team member makes a mistake?
  • How does an organizational culture view and handle mistakes that happen?

We will explore some of these questions during our leadership conversations.

To help prepare, highlighted are several articles on mistakes, leadership, and culture.

Mistakes and leadership:

10 Common Leadership and Management Mistakes. Key quote: “We all make mistakes, and there are some mistakes that leaders and managers make in particular. These include not giving good feedback, being too ‘hands-off,’ not delegating effectively, and misunderstanding your role. It’s true that making a mistake can be a learning opportunity. But, taking the time to learn how to recognize and avoid common mistakes can help you become productive and successful, and highly respected by your team.”

Human Leadership: Admitting Faults by Matt Monge. Key quote: “Leaders have to admit faults. Why is it so hard to do this? It could be a pride thing, sure; but it could also be that it’s simply hard, as a human being, to admit you’re wrong. No one that I know of especially enjoys doing that. I know it’s not at the top of my list of things to do. I’m sure most of you are the same.”

Mistakes and organizational culture:

Startup Company Culture by John Ousterhout. Key quote: “We also want a culture where everyone has an opportunity to contribute on any topic and in any way that they can. And finally, we want a constructive culture where criticism is viewed as a good thing and where we can work through problems and disconnects in a positive, non-personal fashion. The result will be an environment where we have lots of fun, learn and improve, and produce terrific results.”

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Mistakes at Work by Alexander Kjerulf. Key quote: “Peter Drucker provocatively suggested that businesses should find all the employees who never make mistakes and fire them, because employees who never make mistakes never do anything interesting. Admitting that mistakes happen and celebrating them when they do, makes mistakes less likely.”

Leading Conversation Agenda

Our meeting agenda is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1:  When a team member makes a mistake, how do you handle it? Share an example. When you have made a mistake, how did you handle it with others? Share your experiences. (20 minutes)
  • Question 2:  What role does organizational culture play when mistakes happen? What type of culture is the healthiest for purpose and profit? (20 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Leadercast status, May 9th.

If you haven’t registered for Leadercast on May 9th, please consider joining us for this engaging event!


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