Hurry! Make More Mistakes as Quickly as You Can

How you respond to mistakes can make you a better leader. Who knew?! Read below for a list of best practices for responding to mistakes so that you will accelerate your success and accelerate your leadership success.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Hurry! Make More Mistakes as Quickly as You Can

By Courtney Lynch

It’s intriguing how hard working professionals seem to shun mistakes. Especially in light of the reality that the only thing certain about all of us is that we will make mistakes. No one is perfect.

I believe Michael Jordan is absolutely spot on, the more failure we have in our lives, the more success we’ll have. So many of the fundamentals of leadership show up as counterintuitive truths.

Your capability as a leader has nothing to do with being perfect. It’s much more about how you work to perfect your response to mistakes. Think about all of the mistakes you’ve made recently. What are some of the small ones you made yesterday? How about last week? Looking back to last month, what one thing would you say was your “Mistake of the Month?” My bet is you can’t even remember all of the little mistakes. And, the Mistake of the Month? Chances are it wasn’t a colossal failure that derailed your life. It’s funny how we tend to overestimate the negative impact our mistakes will have.

The next time the inevitable mistake happens, or you are fearful of moving forward because you might fail, keep in mind these leadership best practices:

• Mistakes are opportunities for accountability and growth. By choosing to own our mistakes and acknowledge them, we are identifying pathways for improvement. If we lack accountability and continue to blame others or externalities for our poor performance, we don’t achieve progress.

• The more mistakes we make, the better we get. By examining missteps, we are better able to leverage our experiences and make different choices about what we need to do in order to achieve results.

• Mistakes offer us an opportunity to build credibility. When you can honestly admit that your decisions, actions or responses were poor ones, you actually earn respect. Others can often see our mistakes before we do. When we acknowledge our blind spots, our ability to be self-aware builds trust. Especially when we work to change or modify the behaviors that are barriers to success.


Take some time this week to think about (or even observe!) what you do when you make a mistake. What new strategies does this article prompt you to try? Please share your thoughts below.

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