I know every top leader I’ve personally coached in large corporations has experienced a painful career failure or two. I know in my own career that these failures were just detours on the way to success so I wanted to share with you how to look at these failures and learn important lessons for your future.
Highly successful leaders have all experience failure in some way, shape or form. But it’s important to realize that lessons learned from failure can catapult us to exponentially greater success. To review your disappointments, be objective and consider what went wrong, what you did right and how you might handle the situation if it arises again. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it can provide valuable insight to help us avoid making the same mistake twice. And all great leaders know that they have to accept responsibility for their failures, regardless of who is actually at fault.
Don’t become a victim and wallow in self-pity. Learn your lessons and change your perspective to leverage this failure to bring your greater success.
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Sarah Hathorn is a professional image consultant, certified personal brand strategist, speaker, and author. Her company, Illustra Image Consulting, works with high-achieving future leaders and large businesses by enhancing their corporate and personal brand image to take their businesses and careers to the next level.
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