Being right isn’t always right

I just sat through an excruciatingly ego-driven business meeting, aghast at the way someone senior addressed his team. (I won’t name names, but like Carly Simon says you probably think this is about you, don’t you!) It was clear the boss wanted to be proven right, even to the detriment of the project. I came away thinking what poor leadership he demonstrated as his people fell into line and on their swords.

I vividly remember the day years ago when a friend told me, pointedly, I didn’t have to be right all the time; I could just say I didn’t know, didn’t have an answer or had made a mistake – and learn from it. It was revelatory, having just come from a government role where heads would roll just for faltering. A renowned speaker also said we can be right all the time or we can be happy!