Mistakes Have Value
Bible Character: King Manasseh
What is your reaction to when you personally make a mistake? Is it denial or frustration? Do you quickly blame others? Do you try to learn anything from your mistake?
King Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king of Judah. During his reign he reintroduced pagan worship to the Israelite people. It was a huge mistake. God’s punishment for Manasseh was allowing him to become a prisoner of Assyria, where they put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon.
How should leaders react to their own mistakes?
When a leader makes a mistake, the consequence is often felt by many in the organization, leading to a somewhat stressful situation. Having the humility to admit your mistake and ask for forgiveness will quickly release the stress. Leaders are simply the example for the rest of the organization, if they don’t concede their mistakes it’s a guarantee few others will.
Go the extra mile to make it right. Individuals will usually be very forgiving, but also want to see the situation rectified in a timely fashion. Not correcting the mistake properly will only amplify the situation.
Learn From It
One of the most valuable assets a leader has is experience. Often making a mistake is the only way we will learn what not to do in the future. This often gives us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves in a way we might not normally.
After King Manasseh was captured, he humbled himself before the Lord and asked for forgiveness. When he was eventually released and returned to his throne, he quickly removed the foreign gods from the Temple and tore down the other altars. He then restored the Altar of the Lord and was forgiven.