I’m telling you this, and you may respond that you already know it. It’s obvious. But, do you know what it really means?
What I mean is that a leader, as a human being he or she is, is not perfect. And that imperfection is natural, normal and acceptable.
You must abandon the idea that in order to become a good leader, you must be someone who you are not, for starters, or someone nobody is.
As a leader, you must also feel free to be yourself. An increasingly improved version over time, through development and experience, but always yourself. Without repressing your feelings and without ignoring the fact of having your bad days and your good days. Simply accept your responsibility to improve what you can, or give yourself time to recharge your batteries.
As a leader, you have a vision and goals. But it’s even more valuable and realistic to be able to adapt to changes in plans or to analyze your progress “on the fly” and understand if you have to change something. If you’re wrong about something, it’s alright. No one asks you to know the answers to everything from the beginning.
You are not infallible. Nobody is infallible. And you will be able to achieve many more things if you open your mind to it, if you stop worrying thinking you cannot fail at a single step.
Whatever happens, whatever you do, there will always be someone who would have done it differently. You might do it better or worse, you might find a better way… But you will do it YOUR WAY.
You are a real person. With faults, feelings, opinions, experience… You are a person with dreams, a person willing to challenge yourself. As a leader, you don’t need to be perfect; you just need to do things from the heart and a genuine intention to keep learning.