As a leader failure is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Leaders are human and everyone makes mistakes, especially when you are taking risks. However, as a leader it is important that you bounce back from those failures so you can move forward and continue to lead effectively. Here are the four best ways to overcome failure.
- Admit your fault. The first step to recovering from failure is the hardest part. You must admit your fault to yourself and your followers, and the sooner the better. Taking responsibility will show others that you’re aware of the mistake and understand where you went wrong.
- Look to your support system. Failure can feel like a lonely place but that doesn’t mean you have to face it alone. Your support system is there for you in good times and in bad. Reach out to those people you trust to help you get over the bump in the road. They can provide reassurance, boost your confidence and lend a helping hand when you need it. Failure is just one more reason why the world needs girl squads.
- Failure is the best teacher. As a leader apologizing for a mishap isn’t enough, you also need to learn from the situation. Famous basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” This doesn’t mean you need to beat yourself up over your mistake but you should analyze the situation, formulate a game plan and move on.
- Remember you aren’t the first or the last leader to fail. Even the world’s most successful people make mistakes. Failure puts you in the company of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Arrianna Huffington and JK Rowling, just to name a few. Need a reminder that you aren’t alone? Click here for new failure story every Friday.