Emotional Maturity: Failure Factory
Failure is a reality of life for all of us. None of us achieve what we want all the time. Expert leaders do not have less failure than entry-level leaders. Expert leaders simply have a better built Failure Factory.
This Failure Factory is not the production line; failure is a given in life and is produced just by being alive. This is a processing factory and everyone has one. Failure goes in, how we choose to respond or react to it is the processing part inside the Factory and our leadership effectiveness is strongly impacted by what comes out the other end, which is how we are fundamentally changed (for good or bad) by the failure.
Expert leaders positively influence people and situations to create value and growth. This means they are able to remain positive, still influence others positively and have the uncanny ability to bring value to the table and seek growth even when failure is fed in. How?
Expert leaders have developed the ability to...
1. Recognize and be okay with the fact that they are flawed. They are very self-aware.
2. View failure as temporary. They have their sights set on the long-term.
3. Actively seek out learning lessons by asking why did this happen, not just how did this happen. They look for meaning.
4. Laugh at themselves. They take their job seriously, but not themselves.
5. Risk, Fail, learn, adjust, risk again, fail, learn, adjust, risk again, fail, etc...
Take a good look at your Failure Factory. You can drastically improve your ability to create value and growth by improving the inner-workings of your Factory.