Where to begin or how to say it. I’m so ashamed of myself, I hate failing at anything. What are people going to think of me? I’m their leader and I have failed them, now what? I’m embarrassed, my ego trampled and my pride crushed!

These are some extreme feelings however likely  not that far from the truth especially for alpha driven types that truly hate failing at anything or admit to it.

Through failure much is learned. Failures actually create opportunities however if you allow your pride or ego to get in the way, you are likely going to miss the opportunity which could be the failure at the end.

Look at Elon Musk SpaceX CEO who has been on public display over the past year trying to recover a booster rocket after it delivered its payload into the upper atmosphere by landing it upright onto a platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. If you have been watching, they failed multiple times but learned much. Through innovation, risk taking, and failures, SpaceX actually has recovered the last three rockets and in turn saved a bundle of cash.

Failures can also be deeply personal from which much can be learned as well.

The moral of this story is to be a positude leader by recognizing failures as opportunities. It’s actually an opportunity to show your staff that you are human and to err is human.

Taking the time to assess and reassess what took place and accepting the failure is the first step to recovery.

Now it’s time to apologize to your team, a well placed apology will actually  strengthen your position as a leader not weaken it. By taking responsibility without placing blame, you are taking the first step towards creating an opportunity which will be defined at a later time.

Don’t let your pride or ego get in the way, it will lead to missed opportunities.

-W

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