A True Leader Will Let You Fail But Not Let You Feel Like A Failure

A True Leader Will Let You Fail But Not Let You Feel Like A Failure

In a world that stigmatizes mistakes, we must learn to let go of the fear of failure. Finding the weak points in our strategy, theory, or relationship will only teach us where to improve. As Nietzsche famously said, “What does not kill me only serves to make me stronger,” if we are too afraid to “die” then we are failing to give ourselves the opportunity to grow. It is through our fragile vulnerability and the strength that comes with the acceptance of our limits, that we can achieve this incredibly complex yet beautiful human characteristic.

“We must be the change we are looking for”

It is up to us to create the atmosphere of supportiveness we desire. Give the permission to fail and watch as the beautiful gift unfolds. The pressures of conformity and risk aversion bear heavy on the carrier’s shoulders, lift the weight and watch them put that new energy towards something they are passionate about.

“It’s how we get back on the horse”

It’s said that our best selves show up in times of defeat. It’s how we get back on the horse and reorient ourselves that show and build character. It’s creating that culture of acceptance that will separate great leaders from mediocre management and memorable moments from forgettable minutes. A true leader will let you fail but not let you feel like a failure because the very gift itself will require the same from its benefactors; mutually assured vulnerability, acceptance, support and motivation.

-Dan

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7 responses to “A True Leader Will Let You Fail But Not Let You Feel Like A Failure”

  1. Papi says :

    Great post. The key is to find the balance between being too conservative and reckless. Under all circumstances, thorough planning, analysis, and execution are required.

    • Dan Fonseca says :

      Without a doubt. All that I am saying is that we need to look at failure in a better light. Not as loosing credentials or authority but the gaining of experience and understanding… It is simply a perspective change!

  2. Anthony says :

    I basically learned about a majority of this, but with that in mind, I still thought it had been useful. Cool perspective and sweet task!

  3. daigoumee says :

    nice post. thanks.

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