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8 Powerful Strategies Leaders Use To Bounce Back From Failure

Failure is a painful experience and a hard pill to swallow for most.

The pain of failure is difficult to recover from and the memory of it just keeps replaying itself in your mind.

That being said, leaders cannot allow themselves to focus on the past, stay in bed and self-loathe.

Leaders have to find ways to go through life without fearing failure, to learn from their negative experience, to recover from them and to not let failure define them because failure can also be informative and transformative.

Wondering what strategies you can apply to recover from failure?

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1. Tell yourself the truth

It is challenging to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself the cold truth.

It is challenging to recognize that you have indeed failed. 

It is challenging to admit your shortcomings and implications in your personal failure. Sometimes, it’s not your fault. Sometimes, you have just been passive. Other times, you have brought it down on yourself.

You have to take a good look at the facts, events and at your pain.

You have to stand in your truth. Otherwise, someone else will use it against you, or worse you will never grow.

2. Know your Why

In Start With Why — How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, Simon Sinek defines your why as your origin story. “By looking to our past and teasing out the most significant threads—the experiences we’ve had, the people we’ve been influenced by, the lives we’ve touched and the highs and lows we’ve faced—we can identify patterns.”

Your Why is a collection of your standout memories and defining moments. If you don’t know your Why, you must find it. it will give meaning to every single one of your failures and help you cope with them.

Knowing your Why will help you define your personal mission statement that you can review on a daily basis.

With your Why in mind, you will be able to surmount just about anything in life.

3. Don’t take failure personally

Failure happens to just about everybody and as hard as you try, there is not much you can do to avoid it.

So, there is no need to take it personally.

Don’t get distracted by your failure, focus on something greater than yourself and acknowledge that you cannot change the past.

Instead, prepare yourself for upcoming success. If you have missed an opportunity, prepare yourself for another one instead of dwelling on your mistakes.

4. Be kind to yourself

It is easy to self loathe, dwell in your pain and replay your failures.

By doing so, you are not only attracting similar events to you but you are not allowing yourself to grow or to move on.

You will unfortunately stay stuck in the same pattern of behavior and thought.

The best and healthiest way you can internally deal with failure is to forgive yourself, stop beating yourself up and to use past events as fuel. You can use your failure to become stronger, more disciplined and kinder to yourself.

5. Take time to take care of yourself

Sometimes, we need to take a step back and put some distance between yourself and your failure.

You can take time off to exercise, eat right, see family and friends, do something you love, go on a trip or do something that you have always wanted to do.

Nobody can make you feel better about yourself but yourself. It is up to you to seek the comfort or the happiness that you need.

6. Embrace gratitude

Another way to get over your pain and some of your problems is to be grateful for what you have and the problems that you don’t have.

Gratitude is a great way to focus on the positives, celebrate past successes and build a success mindset.

Failure is only temporary and there are different ways that you can bounce back.

7. Face your fears head on

You don’t want to stay stuck in your failure and avoid the pain at all cost.

Facing your fears head on is a great way to move on from your failures and empower yourself.

8. Help someone other than yourself

Failure can be distracting and make you self-absorbed.

Get out of your head and see if someone around you needs assistance.

Last Words Of Advice!

It is Ok to fail.

It is not OK to repeat the same mistakes and expect a different result.

Just remember that every failure brings you closer to success. 

 

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MEET THE AUTHORAdmiral William H. McRaven  is a retired commander from the U.S. Navy Retired and the is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Make Your Bed.

17 Things Every Leader Should Own

Successful leaders, who have gone through life, have a few things in common.

What that they own speak volumes about their character, purpose, mindfulness and self-awareness. Their acquisitions are the basis of their success and have consequently improved their leadership.

Wondering what are the things that every leader should own?

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1. A healthy sense of self

Most people don’t know who they really are.

The play the roles that are expected of them and never try to discover their most authentic self.

It becomes detrimental for leaders to get to know themselves by themselves, to embrace solitude, and discover their strengths and weaknesses.

2. Peace of mind

In life and at work, there are many things that cause inner turmoil.

Leaders who are emotionally intelligent understand the need remain calm under pressure, in control of their emotions and to let go of things that they cannot control.

3. A purpose, dream or vision

Having a purpose, dream or vision gives meaning to your life, grants a sense of direction and eases up the big decision-making process.

You focus on what matters most, avoid distractions, are fulfilled and go after what you really want.

4. A job

Even though you may not love your job or it may not align with your purpose, your job provides you with structure and stability.

You will be able to grow and learn skills that you can apply in your everyday life. Your job or purpose will also provide you with a steady and legal source of income.

5. A hobby or passion project

Hobbies and passion projects are an outlet, create positivity in your life, make you feel better about yourself, strengthen your sense of self and increase your chances of success.

6. A great support system

Finding true friends and a support system that uplift you, gives you a sense of belonging and act as a sounding board is not easy.

A great support system improves your health, energizes you and gives you a boost to meet your goals.

7. A safe place

A safe place can be your home, a room in your home, a place in nature and in your mind.

Having a safe place to be and to live in is detrimental to your health and overall success.

Your safe place takes you out of fight or flight mode and offers you a place where you can relax and be yourself.

8. Self-care habits

Leaders understand that they are their only real asset and tool for success.

They have developed habits that allow them to take care of themselves, take time off when needed or adjust their work-life balance.

9. A morning routine

Leaders are intentional with their time and their morning routines because their understand that their morning habits determines their day and can help them achieve their long term goals.

10. A home library

The knowledge found on the internet can be redundant and limited.

A home library, however small it is, shows that you are knowledgeable, can do research, are a continuous learner and are interested in more than yourself.

Your book collection has to be curated by you and for you. We all have a mental list of our favorite books that completely changed our lives.

11. A power suit

In the world that we live in, what you wear speak volume about you and shows whether or not you are ready for success.

A power suit commands respect and comes often handy in the workplace when seeking a promotion.

12. A notebook and a pen at hand

With the rise of technology and applications, handwriting is becoming a loss art. People don’t take time to write down their thoughts anymore.

Having a notebook and a pen at hand will help you externalize our goals, thoughts and ideas.

 

13. A signature

If you are a leader, you will be signing a lot of documents on the daily.

Your signature says a lot about you and is completely unique to you. It represents your personality, hopes, dreams, unspoken wants and inner needs.

14. Business cards

Business cards are still an effective marketing tool and essential for leaders.

Every business card should have the logo of your organization, your name, and your different contact methods.   

15. A garden

Your garden can be small, on your desk, on your balcony or in your backyard.

Having a garden can have a beneficial impact on your mental health and personal growth.

Your garden makes you spend time with nature, care about another living creature and distracts you from yourself.

16. A journal or goal planner 

Journals and goal planners are therapeutic.

They increase free thinking, free expression, creativity, honesty, clarity, mindfulness and reduce stress.

They ease your busy mind, promote a sense of calm, put your life into perspective and help you organize your life.

17. Contact methods

Leaders own different means of being contacted and staying connected with the world.

Depending on your line of work, you will be needing a computer, a phone and a strong internet connection.

Last Words Of Advice!

Acquiring all of these things takes time but is worth it.

 

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9 Tips To Lead Employees Working Remotely

Working from home has become the norm in the last few weeks, and has allowed companies to remain competitive and productive.

Employees can now get work done, tend to personal obligations and spend more time with their families.

That being said, leaders have to maintain their objectives and keep an eye on their teams.

Wondering how to help establish remote working and lead your team from afar?

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There are amazing benefits to having remote workers: you save money and office space, workers save time and energy from the commute.

It will certainly improve employee engagement and boost morale.

There are different ways that you can help establish remote working. 

1. Make a general assessment

Each company has unique needs. Therefore, you first need to assess the needs and the equipments of your company. 

Secondly, you need to assess the position and responsibility of the employee. The position needs to be suited for remote work. You may want to understand with whom they confer with, how long they work and what do they need to get work done.

2. Get to know your team

Should all employees be allowed to work remotely?

To allow employees to work from home, you have to know how well they produce work and how serious, disciplined, mature and autonomous they are.

Some employees may be new to the company, may need a lot of supervision, may have difficulty communicating from a distance or may not know how to balance their work and life.

You can put remote under a trial period to test their ability to produce quality work remotely.

3. Make sure you trust your team

Before sending them out to work remotely, you must be able to trust your team and know that they will be pulling their weight.

Remote workers are not that hard to supervise but it all depends on your level of trust.

4. Invest in new technology 

In order for you to keep up with your remote team, you may need to invest in digital workspaces.

These workspaces will allow you to schedule meetings, share documents, set deadlines, give instructions, train your team, communicate securely with your team and track their individual progress.

5. Clarify goals

Information can easily get lost when you are working remotely.

It becomes important for you to clarify your objectives and ensure that your team understands what needs to be done.

This will make it easier for them to stay on task, for you to track their progress and to address any issues.

6. Create a structure around your team

Let your team know at what time and for which activities they need to be available.

Working from home provides great flexibility but remote workers may have to also obey a code of conduct, a dress code and fixed hours to keep them engaged and far from burning out.

7. Plan in person meetups

Remote workers can get lonely and lose touch with their organization.

They will even have more difficulty keeping up and communicating with your team in the office.

Therefore, it becomes detrimental to make yourself available to them, keep them in the loop, encourage communication and include them in meetings and all meetups.

8. Deal with the legal aspects

You have to make sure that your team agrees with requirements and conditions of working from home.

Their information and data must be protected and they have to be safe, insured and properly equipped.

9. Equip your team

Your team may need a computer, a dedicated office space, a better and protected internet connection.
 
Overall, keep in mind that working remotely reduces the cost of operation.

Last Words Of Advice!

Productivity and work life balance have somewhat improved thanks to remote working. Employees are more and more looking for companies that can provide them with enough telecommuting.

However, just like working in a cubicle, remote working is not made for everybody and should not be imposed.
 

Some people enjoy human contact and others may want a better work-life balance but may suffer the consequences of working alone.

 

Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!

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