Leadership Minute: Failing Different


Am I failing different each time? – David Kelley

Failure. We don’t like to talk about it. It’s one of those convicting words that conjures up bad memories of what might have been. Or is it? Your growth as a leader will be marked by failures. That’s not necessarily bad. It’s just part of the journey. The real question is this: are today’s failures the same ones you had a year ago or even five years ago? If all you are doing is repeating the same mistakes and experiencing the same failures over and over again can you really say that you are growing as a leader? Failing different is about new growth. It’s about new experiences and learning on your quest to be a better leader. Yesterday’s failures prepared you for where you are today. Today’s failures will prepare you for tomorrow. But you will only make progress if those failures on your success journey are new ones. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid of being a repeat offender.


About dougdickerson

I am an internationally recognized leadership speaker, columnist, and author. My books include: "Leaders Without Borders: 9 Essentials for Everyday Leaders", "Great Leaders Wanted", "Leadership by the Numbers", and "It Only Takes a Minute: Daily Inspiration for Leaders on the Move". I live outside beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
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One Response to Leadership Minute: Failing Different

  1. Great concept. Concisely and clearly explained.


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