Successful leaders and managers must always recognize and admit to themselves their own limitations. To deny one's own limitations is to invite failure whenever the boundary conditions of the limits are encroached. Only through an understanding of one's limitations can one ever hope to surmount them and exceed beyond their current capabilities.
However, publically predicting failure due to one's own limitations is never advisable. It disillusions and destroys confidence in all concerned.
Great leaders through out history may have recognized the inevitability of defeat in their immediate battle due to overwhelming odds and superior fire power, however, from General George Armstrong Custer at Little Bighorn to the allied soldiers in Bataan during World War II, defeat, was never pronounced before the fight.
On an even more personal basis for everyone, it is never a good idea to express one's insecurity when approaching someone new, in whom we are interested, for the first time with the opening line 'You wouldn't really want to go out with me, would you?'
Although pure in his quest for absolute human honesty, Data is well advised by Capt. Picard and Dr. Crusher to not let honesty be mistaken for a lack of confidence.
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