John Eades is an author, podcaster, and the CEO of LearnLoft. In this article written for Inc.com he tackles the inevitability of failure in leadership, and how we can learn form our mistakes. It’s authentic approach to the real world of leadership and failure ticked a lot of boxes for us, here at Thought Patrol. For business leaders, failure is going to happen. As nice as it would be to have a smooth, easy path to success as a business leader, failure is an inevitable part of the process. Walt Disney’s first animation studio ended in bankruptcy. Sara Blakely couldn’t get a manufacturer to take her Spanx clothing line seriously for years.
They forgo opportunities they aren’t certain will be a sure thing. That’s why some of the biggest names in business tout failing multiple times as a reason for their success.
Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo. Fortunately, companies can build the capacity for strategic leadership.
Last month, Saujani took the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada to offer her insight on how to truly champion innovative thinking. Her message was clear and to-the-point: Stop encouraging girls to strive for perfection. Because perfection and innovation simply don’t mix.
The fearless leader fallacy harkens back to the “great man” theory of leadership, which portrayed effective leaders as those who charge fearlessly into the melee to save the day.
In the land of Milk and Honey, there was once a first time CEO who founded a company that he intended to become a gamechanger. And it was. The CEO did all the right things, or so he thought.
Seth Godin wears many hats: serial entrepreneur, prolific author, beloved blogger and inspirational speaker.