I Don’t Know
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If ever there were any three set of words extinct from most leadership vocabulary it’s the words I don’t know. Because we pride ourselves in knowing…not knowing is a sign of weakness, a sign of indecisiveness and there is nothing the world hates more than a weak indecisive leader.
So leaders and managers in a bid to please the world, surgically remove the words I don’t know from their speeches, from their brains, from their very existence. Because they must know even when they don’t know. And they share their flawed vision with a crowd of sycophantic followers and enslaved employees who are even more afraid to say “I don’t know what the heck he/she is talking about…”
So the cycle of brilliant stupidity continues…from leader to follower to us all.
But there is good news, that cycle can be broken. But only when we the leaders and we the followers counter popular culture and boldly speak the words “I don’t know” without feeling any sense of shame…because the truth is that we get better and wiser by admitting our deficiencies and not by covering them up in a bid to look smart.
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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