Lesson #2: Don’t put off the learning. When failure knocks on your door don’t keep it shut out hoping it will go away. Invite it in and learn from it. The barred door and windows just keep it lurking in the bushes. It won’t leave. Best to let it in and understand it. It will be more likely to keep its stay very short. You can then harness the learning in quick and productive ways. Good leaders are constant learners.
Lesson #3: Don’t be embarrassed. Failure is normal. The more we try to diminish it, the more shame we allow ourselves to feel. When we are open about our failures we give the defeat little credit to define us. Failure isn’t embarrassing. What’s embarrassing is when we pretend the failure didn’t happen. Good leaders bring the failure out into the open so learning can support future success.
How do you purge embarrassment from your failures?