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"Thank you for correcting me"

Hello guys,

this is coming from one of the chief doctor at my hospital. As Lucio pointed out, when somebody corrects someone else they take a dominant stance over this individual, even if only implied: more knowledge, more experience, etc.

When somebody corrected him. He simply acknowledged it with:

"Thank you for correcting me"

It's so simple and so effective. You give credit to the other person for correcting you and welcome it as an input while recognizing your mistake and moving on. You re-establish the power balance by implying: "everyone makes mistake, thank you for bringing my attention to this one. "

Simple and Brilliant.

Yes, great one.

It also shows the quality of a great leader: not trying to rule by force and a personal cult of infallibility (see Trump), but by moving towards what's correct and effective.

It also accepts the correction while remaining in power.
If he keeps on talking or doing whatever he was doing, which I suppose he did, the subtle frames is: "thank you, for having helped me (ie.: you're in the supporting role) being even more precise (and now I keep going because I'm still the final authority").

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

More on the not so humble side

I think "Thank you for correcting the mistake" sounds better, like the famous impersonal Clinton: "mistakes were made"

Feels like it left you in a better position in terms of raw power maybe?

He is not correcting you, he is only correcting wrong information that maybe some of your underlings like him provided to you.

For cases in which you do not want to be humble


Good one, Stef.

If the goal is to defend one's own power and authority, then your variation is indeed more effective.

If on the other hand one wants to be more collegial, as well as if he's secure and confident in himself and his leadership position, then "thank you for correcting me" is a also strong show of personal power and personal value.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?