Let’s be realistic, in all but a few professions, perfection is more of an ideal and a goal than it is a reality. After all, we are all human and have flaws. Sometimes our imperfections make us unique and beautiful. Sometimes they give us an advantage in seeing things from a perspective others cannot.
I would prefer surgeons, pilots, engineers, and others to be perfect, but the best we can get is precision.
Leaders are not perfect. They are human beings with bias, skewed judgment, and blind spots. The good ones know this and continue to learn, refine, practice and endeavor to improve. The lousy ones remain unaware, or worse, don’t give a crap. Some people think that’s humorous and a way of sticking it to the status quo. It’s not. It’s sloppy and selfish.
By all means, use your influence and leadership to change how things are to how you envision they could be. Your execution will not be perfect, but you sure as hell had better try.
Also published on Medium.