The Healing Power in Saying “I’m Sorry”

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There is healing power in saying “I’m sorry.”

When we are apologizing, we may say “I accept responsibility” and express ownership of our actions but often there is a reluctance to directly say the words, “I’m sorry.”

In a recent conversation with one of my executive leadership coaching clients, I encouraged them to consider the healing power of a simple “I’m sorry.”

Beyond acknowledging responsibility, saying sorry can convey genuine remorse and empathy, fostering deeper connections and reconciliation.

In many cultures, including the U.S., it’s a way of making amends by actually saying the words as opposed to merely giving explanations for why what happened happened the way it did.

Don’t underestimate the healing potential of saying sorry. Let your apologies carry weight and sincerity, enriching your relationships and fostering understanding. After all, a heartfelt apology has the power to mend bridges and strengthen bonds.

Want more? Mastering the Art of the Apology

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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