You’re the leader. The goals have been established, the vision shared. The perfect plan has been formulated and the team is ready to implement. Then someone comes up with a better idea—a much better idea. You don’t want to appear weak and ineffectual, but you are also smart enough to know that changing your mind is not always a bad thing. However, it can take come courage to do so—especially at the last minute. Here are a few reasons you should consider that change:
1. Good leaders are willing to see things from another perspective. Besides exhibiting empathy, they are then able to understand the issues from a number of different angles.
2. It shows flexibility of thinking. Your team sees that you are open to new ideas but not threatened by them. What seems best right now, might not be best next week. It shows that you’re willing to try new things and gives your team permission to think more creatively.
3. When you’re willing to be wrong, you demonstrate humility. It means you’re not attached to outcome and you don’t measure your worth based on whether or not you are right. Ironically, self-confidence and maturity is what others will gratefully notice.
4. It’s the only mind you CAN change. Change yours first, attitude adjustment, and others will follow. Creating and sharing an updated vision and enabling other to act is the responsibility of the leader.
People are looking for leaders who are flexible and agile in their thinking. Changing your mind means you won’t get stuck thinking you are the only one with the answer. In giving up your ego you’ll keep things moving forward.