Doubt Yourself


This is a rather bold statement, but it's ok to doubt yourself and can even be helpful, especially if you have grandiose ideals.

After you suggest an idea, work with your team to find the best solution possible. Listen to other people to fully understand his or her point of view. Put aside your assumptions and step into a learner mode to enhance your understanding. Of course, if you haven't made it safe to tell the truth among your direct reports, this won't work. 

Ask other people for their thoughts on your ideas, get some critics, then revisit your idea with a clearer perspective. When you admit you don’t know everything, you build your credibility and strengthen relationships with your direct reports.

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