Skeptics think this is a wimpy type of leadership. Where is the large corner office with the best view? Where are the CEO perks? A corporate jet? Servant leaders do not buy-in to this elitist mentality.
In fact, if you don’t fail, you’re not taking risks that can ultimately lead to great success. Preparing to fail is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of preparing for unexpected situations that professionals must do, especially leaders.
Willingness to take on failure is not a new thought. Throughout history and up to our current business mavericks and sports heroes, failure is a powerful tool in reaching great success. Failing is not falling down, it’s staying down. It’s letting failure get the best of us and quitting.
Whether you’re a supervisor newbie or at the top of your company’s organizational chart, we all lead by example. People are watching. They watch everything you do. Although your words matter, your actions matters far more.
Remember when you were not the boss? Remember when you said that if you were in charge, things would be different? Here’s your chance.
The challenge is knowing what example you want to set and have others follow. Intentions are meaningless, actions matter.
Whenever I’m wrestling with what the right thing to do is, I remember what Mom would say. Our moms are very important people to us and were the first ones to teach us what life is all about.
I knew a fellow who I considered successful because he had lots of money. He was always stressed that his money would run out. Ironically, he didn’t always make the wisest spending decisions. He was a very worried and very unhappy person. Why?
Research shows that our happiness level depends 40% on our intentional activities, 10% on our circumstances and 50% on our genetics. Even though there’s a lot we can’t change, there is much that we can. We do have full power with our intentional activities and this is where we must focus to do things that matter to us.
Can success lead to happiness?
No, but happiness can lead to success.