Telling your school (or district) employees you never have a clue is a “golden chance” to exhibit humility. In her new write-up on The ASCD Website, Elizabeth Dampf shares ideas on how to say “I never know” with no obtaining defensive.
Source link Leaders, take note: being honest and admitting you don’t know something is not a sign of weakness. In fact, research has shown openly admitting a lack of knowledge can actually be a strength in leadership.
It’s a well-known fact that in the workplace, knowledge is power. But does that mean leaders must always have the right answers? Not necessarily. In fact, being honest when you don’t know something is often the right move.
Studies have found that people who adhere to the “I don’t know” approach tend to have higher levels of honesty and trustworthiness, leading to better working relationships. Openly admitting a lack of knowledge can also signal to others that you are open to new ideas, not just stuck in your ways.
In addition to the professional benefits of admitting you don’t know something, there are benefits for leaders personally. For one, admitting you don’t know something can be liberating, relieving the pressure of always being right. A leader who is honest about their own level of knowledge is also viewed as being more authentic and transparent, which increases their credibility in the eyes of employees.
At the end of the day, it’s OK for leaders to say “I don’t know.” Making a conscious effort to openly admit a lack of knowledge can be beneficial both professionally and personally. Doing so increases your credibility while also allowing you to learn and grow with those in your organization.