5 Questions to Reflect
- What is one failure or mistake you’ve made?
- How did you learn from it personally?
- How does it impact the way you lead today?
- Describe a juncture along your path where your line wasn’t straight, but you still found success in the end?
- How does the understanding that failure is part of learning & growing help you think about thriving in the 5%?
5 Tips to Thrive
- Identify the mistake and the moment that you went wrong. Determine why the situation was a failure and what you can learn from it so that it won’t happen again.
- Own it. I don’t know that I can say it any more clearly. Accountability requires taking responsibility of one’s actions, so own what is yours to own. And honestly, leadership is about taking responsibility for all actions – even when they’re not your own.
- Make amends. Two of the most powerful words we have in our vocabulary are “I’m sorry.” And it’s not a vague “I’m sorry this situation happened” or “this outcome happened.” It is a specific ownership and apology for what happened.
- Look for a quality leader for mentorship. The more open you are to feedback around your own performance, the faster you will hone your leadership skills.
- Don’t dwell. Perhaps this is much easier said than done, but there is a vast difference between owning a mistake vs. dwelling on a failure. Address those who are concerned, do your bets to make amends, ignore the haters and move on.
5 Resources To Dig Deeper
- ARTICLE: Chris Dessi – How to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
- BLOG: Jon Gordon – Failing Forward
- VIDEO: JK Rowling – The Fringe Benefits of Failure
- ARTICLE: Howard Tullman – 3 Tips From Brené Brown on Failing Brilliantly
- BLOG: Jon Gordon – The Gift of Failure