One of the behavior patterns I’ve worked on with many leaders is their need to be right and show others that they have all of the answers.  They know more and best.

Insisting on being right is alienating. It turns others off. After all, if you’re always right, that automatically makes others wrong.

Artist and author Peter McIntyre once said, “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” His words may sound like they run counter to the widely held assumption that those who know, win. But, they convey important truth.

If we accept that sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re wrong, we better position ourselves to have the openness, confidence and courage required to demonstrate that we value others’ points of view the same way we wish them to value ours.