Real Leaders Admit Mistakes

One of the signs of a great leader, to me, is when someone isn’t afraid of admitting their mistakes. When they can be real, open and honest instead of trying to hide behind their title or position as if it exempts them from being human.

We all make mistakes. We all fall short sometimes. It’s natural.

But when we do, we should fess up to it. That means doing so proactively as well. Not just waiting, hoping no one will notice but instead being forthright even before the cat gets out of the bag.

Admitting mistakes isn’t a sign of weakness or incompetence, unless you find yourself admitting the same mistakes over and over.

It’s a sign of humility and strength.

When we admit our mistakes we’re also building trust with those who we serve.

No one likes to hear bad news or that something didn’t go as planned but the hard truth is far better than the cowards lie.


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  • This is huge in building relationships with those you lead…a team. It requires authenticity and transparency…which are applicable to leadership, parenting and ministry. I wrote a related post on this at Thanks for your words of wisdom!

  • Good post Daniel!

  • Just found your site, and it is awesome! Great points! I really like this post… so true!