Overcome your fear of failure by failing


The fear of failure runs even to the top of organisations, as one executive coach tells author Michelle Celarier for Strategy + Business. Lately, companies have tried to assuage that fear by making it safe to fail, but Celarier argues that accelerating disruption still is “wreaking havoc on the mental state of corporate executives.” That fear, she writes, can make them “play it safe.” By contrast, the experience of a failure can make people more confident in their future decisions, but only if they and their employers take the time to understand both what went wrong and what went right. The key trait in a leader, she suggests, may be resilience rather than perfection.

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