Daily Leadership Message
FAILURE: An undesirable Outcome that strengthens the Leadership Foundation. (Q3.16).
AN UNWANTED OUTCOME THAT BUILDS THE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
Failure is the fourth phase of the LDP.
From Schooling, a man learns what a Leader is supposed to do and be. From Apprenticeship, he learns to be what a Leader is and to do what a Leader does. From Opportunity, he acquires the experience necessary for him to Lead in areas of increasing responsibility and importance to the Organization.
Is Failure Necessary?
Where does Failure fit into the equation? It is the forge that burns away a Leader’s me-first self-regarding nature. It matures him. Without Failure (and lots of it), the man will retain too much of who he was and keep doing what he did, rather than being fully transformed into what a Leader is and consistently do what a Leader does. A man cannot become a Virtuous Leader without the chance to Fail and learn from it.
Take the example of pass praise/take blame:
• A Leader first learns this foundational element of Leadership during his Schooling where it becomes part of his head-knowledge
• During his Apprenticeship the developing Leader watches and helps his master pass praise/ take blame to see what it looks like when applied outside of the sterile classroom
• Finally, when given his Opportunity to Lead, he will put it into practice himself outside of the protective bubble of the Apprenticeship where the Outcome is his sole responsibility
• But it will only be through Failure that the full responsibility for Outcome will crash down upon him
Not until he has failed to properly pass praise/take blame under stress will the developing Leader be an instinctive practitioner of the principle. While the first three building phases of the LDP may teach him everything he needs to know about pass praise/take blame, only Failure will teach him what he needs to feel about it. And it is the feeling that a man needs to be able to do what is necessary instinctively under the circumstances that it is most needed.
Failure forges the intellectual knowing of what must be done into the tangible instinct of doing of it consistently under periods of extreme stress
Read More FAILURE: An undesirable Outcome that strengthens the Leadership Foundation. (Q3.16).
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” ~George Washington
“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.” ~General Ulysses S. Grant
“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.” ~William McKinley
Daily Storytelling Time
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man-29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.
He even made American Express card commercials because of it! However, until we read his book, High Adventure, we don’t understand that Hillary had to grow into this success.
You see, in 1952 he attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members.
Hillary walked on stage to a thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform.
He made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain. He said in a loud voice, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m still growing!”