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5 things failure teaches leaders

Glen Llopis isn't scared of failure. Failure is something that new leaders fear – it's something that they try hard to escape, panic during, and try not to talk about afterward. Llopis looks at failure in a different light, however, as someone who has seen the benefits that failure can bring. He explains, for instance, how some of the best opportunities he's ever encountered came after a failure he didn't expect: As both a senior corporate executive and an entrepreneur, failure fueled the most rewarding opportunities and learnings in my career. Whether it was the decisions I made , the people I hired, the investments I made, the relationships I invested in ““ or any of the ones I didn't ““ from each experience I learned something new about leadership. For example, I developed a better understanding of the expectations people had of me as their boss; of how to deal with a marketplace that can be so unpredictable; of how certain relationships are connected to resources you didn't know about that could have made your path to success much easier. The first hurdle leaders face is being able to confront your failures: be responsible for them, bear the burden of accountability. In this way leaders are more able to confront failures in the future and more rapidly work past them. Llopis also suggests “trusting your gut” and understanding how there are second chances almost always available. Most decisions we make as leaders are not zero-sum games: they are opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. If you've made a mistake, don't panic. Determine what next steps can be and take them confidently.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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