As much as it is true that there is not a single human being that has never made a mistake, it is equally true that often mistakes can be blessings in disguise. This is because through the mistakes we make, we have the opportunity of finding the way to more wisdom and more knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work.
Genuine mistakes coming from the fact that we just did not know better are the best opportunities to learn. While such mistakes can be financially or emotionally costly, it’s important to remember that mistakes are part of life and a way of growing and gaining wisdom. The greater mistake would be to create guilt around the mistake and carry that along. The best way to handle mistakes and reap the blessings they bring in disguise is to take action. If the mistake was on a personal level; apologize and move on. If the mistake was on a professional level or incurred financial cost, look back to the steps that led to this mistake and create systems to avoid that in the future, even if this means restructuring working methods or entire organizations. The most important thing is to focus on what we have learned from the mistake and taking action so that it does not occur again.
Such perspective on the issue of mistakes bring yet another gift. It is the gift of expanding and deepening our leadership competence. If we know there are lessons in mistakes, as leaders we are able to apologize. We are able to change our course of action and we are able to free ourselves from the pitfall of being blinded by ego. In addition to this, towards our teams, such outlook allows us to be even more supportive to learning. It allows us to have a team that is willing to be creative and innovative without being shackled by fear and anxiety of making mistakes.