Someone asked me the other day, “Pete, what’s the most important leadership lesson you’re learning these days?”
Lately it seems like my learning curve when it comes to leading is pretty steep.

I have to laugh sometimes because I’m confident I make more mistakes in an average week than most people do in a year. Because of this I’m learning a ton every day. However, at the top of my list I would say right now I’m wrestling with learning how to admit mistakes.

I think “admitting mistakes and taking responsibility” is a major value missing far too often in today’s leadership culture. Sometimes I get weary with my own excuses for why something happened.

The truth is sometimes I …

Made the wrong hire.
Had bad timing.
Thought I heard from God and clearly didn’t.
Talked when I should have been listening.
Jumped the gun when I should have been patient.
Wimped out when I should have moved forward.

I made a mistake. I screwed up. Maybe it was sin, lack of experience, wrong motives, or plain stupidity. But it was a mistake. I own it.

Do yourself and the people around you a favor today and stop with all the excuses. Owning it and not excusing it is the key to building credibility with your spouse, kids, friends and people you lead.

Any mistakes you need to own today?