As I write this blog, I am middle of a chapter in my next book on the fear of failure (the chapter title). It got me to reflect on failure in a leader's journey. The concept of failure is generally related to lack of success, and success in secular terms is having material possessions and wealth. I was reading “+”John Maxwell's book 'Failing Forward', and it is a very good book on how to deal with failure with many real life examples. I am a JM fan I have to say. I read his '360 Degrees Leadership' book and it got me hooked on leadership for life.
Anyway, to come back to the point I wanted to make. The book has great stories of successes; all people who moved from failure to achieving successes in their careers, businesses and other endeavors. To me how you see failure depends on what success is to you and what yardstick you use to measure success. I will be discussing success in another blog, this week we look at failure.
Failure is defined as the fact or condition of not achieving the desired end. Whatever you desire to achieve that you do not achieve means you have failed according to this definition. I am sure many of us have lots of examples of not achieving what we set out to achieve. As a leader, how we view failure is critical to how we maximize our own potential and those that we lead. Failure can immobilize people from trying things where success is not a given. It can prevent people from living their life to its full potential because they are afraid to take a risk. Your attitude to failure will determine whether at the end of your life you are a success or a failure.
Failing in one thing or many things does not make you a failure. It does not define who you are. Whenever you do not succeed in achieving what you set out to, a leader should review each step they took, what they did or did not do that led to the result they got. And try again especially where you have belief in the goal you want to achieve. You might have to change the process or change the goal but don't give up.
Failure should be a learning experience towards the desired end. This should be the attitude of leaders that makes a positive impact in their world.
Be the light of your world.
(PS: Look out for my third book, ‘Living a fearless life except the Fear of God’ coming out by God’s grace middle of this year 2013)