Imperfect Servants

John McCain used a term today in responding to criticism that inspired me. He said “I am an imperfect servant”. Mr. McCain went on to state that even though he was imperfect, he loved this country and would serve it to the best of his ability if elected president.

What a wonderful term, “imperfect servant”. We are all imperfect, but yet we expect our leaders to be nothing short of perfection. In my experience, the best leaders strive for perfection (as many of us do), even though it may be an unreachable goal. We must learn to be tolerant of imperfection, to some degree, of our imperfect leaders.

All of us can learn to forgive some degree of imperfection in our leaders. Perhaps imperfection is the ultimate in perfection? May we learn to be discerning and to withstand the ambiguity and complexity inherent in leadership – and be grateful that, after all – our leaders are only human.

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.