Leaders: Don’t be Afraid of Making a Few Mistakes

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Don’t be afraid of making mistakes but do understand and learn from them. Mistakes are truly necessary for growth.

That’s the advice given by Kiran K. Gill, President and CEO of PARS Environmental, Inc. when she was interviewed by Entrepreneur on the art of managing people right.

And we couldn’t agree more. Sure, making mistakes may sound counter-intuitive to a leadership position. But in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Here’s why:

  • Mistakes push boundaries. People who aren’t afraid of making mistakes are the ones who are usually pushing the boundaries. Whether that means creatively or otherwise, having the guts to take risks can actually lead to improvements in your field. And sure, things may not always work out for the best, but when they do, it can be huge. Just make sure you know when you are doing something daring enough to ruin your company; the key to taking risks is understanding the consequences that come with them.
  • Mistakes help you compare the best to the worst. You’ll never know what’s best until you know what’s the worst. Having an idea of what not to do usually comes from doing it in the first place. Making mistakes can actually be a good thing as long as you take the initiative to fix them in the long run.

How to make the most out of your mistakes:

  • Admit to your mistakes. First things first, when you make mistakes you need to admit to them. Mistakes rarely fix themselves, and the first step to fixing them is admitting to them. Do that and you will be well on your way towards improving your outcomes.
  • Try, try, try again. “If at first you don’t succeed…” No one says you have to get things right the first time. Take the mistakes you make as learning opportunities and use the experience to your advantage the next time around. Understanding that you can always learn and improve from your mistakes is one of the best ways to get over your problems in the future.

Don’t take your mistakes for granted. There are plenty of leaders who have made mistakes in the past, learned from them, and are now doing better because of them. Remember that the next time you make a mistake and you’ll be well on your way to success.

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