Failure is a necessary part of maturing; it happens to everyone and is often unavoidable, and we are sometimes blind to it until it is too late.
Watching members of our teams fail is one of the hardest things for us as leaders, especially when we can see it coming and know what to do to prevent it.
But often, our teams, and even our children, won’t listen to us and won’t see it, until it’s too late.
Sometimes we just need to let them fail, people rarely learn from the mistakes of others, they usually need to make the mistake themselves before they learn from it.
It shouldn’t be this way but it is, we can try and help, and definitely should if the mistake would be serious enough, but we need to realise that sometimes our efforts are just in vain.
When this happens we should try and refrain from the “I told you so” comment as that doesn’t really help.
We should work with them to help them learn from their mistake, not punish them for it.
Leadership isn’t just about being successful, it’s also about coaching and some of the best coaching comes from mistakes.
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