Leadership Skills: Three Unique Ways to Apologize when You Hurt Someone

  1. How to Apologize: Deny it

    1. “I Don’t agree that I did anything wrong.”
    2. “I didn’t do that…”
    3. “That’s not what happened.” (Lying)
  2. How to Apologize: Defend it

    1. “I did X because you did Y.”
    2. “You….. (The blame game).”
    3. “Is it my fault if I did X?” (Am I my brother’s keeper?) – Cain
    4. “Nobody’s perfect.”
    5. Key Point – You don’t have to defend loving behavior
  3. How to Apologize: Own it

    1. Admit – “I’m sorry”
      1. With humility
        1. A stiff apology is a second insult… The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. – G. K. Chesterton
    2. Ask for Forgiveness
      1. Appeal to Love
      2. Appeal to Mercy

Finishing Thought : Marriage Example

Call to Action: Go apologize if you need to. It may save a relationship.

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