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Stop Pretending You Know

Trevor O'Hara
1 min read
Stop Pretending You Know
Photo by Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez / Unsplash

Leadership is often associated with decisiveness and certainty, with the ability to steer the ship through the stormiest of seas and push through the darkest storms.

Yesterday's leader was somebody who confidently declared, "Follow me. I know the way." This quality had a certain allure for a long time - in the predictable world.

But what's so predictable about the world we live in today? When did you hear a leader say, "I'm not sure" or "I don't know"?

Declaring uncertainty is not a display of weakness. On the contrary, it demonstrates humility and alignment with the world around you, an ability to assess the constantly shifting sands beneath your feet, and an invitation to collaborative problem-solving.

Saying, "I'm not sure," shows strength, not vulnerability. Better to be 75% sure about something than 100% confident.

And that changes everything.