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Effective leadership sometimes means letting your team fail. Leadership skills include knowing when to let your team experience failure.

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Leadership Presence is more than just having the title – it is multifaceted

Question: Do you ever give your direct reports an opportunity to be unsuccessful?

Thomas Edison once said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Giving your team an opportunity to be unsuccessful at something can be a significant learning opportunity.  In the effort of figuring out a method, process or new skill you are giving that individual a chance to learn, and grow but most importantly be resilient.

Make sure you are not giving them a task that is mission critical, offer ongoing support and take the time to debrief each step of the way so growth and development can occur.

If someone has an opportunity to grow and make mistakes we want to set them up for success.

Take a look at this short clip of J.K. Rowling talking about her moment of failure that led to great success.

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