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  • Writer's pictureTony Richards

Leadership Distinctives: Part Four

Leadership Distinctive #4: A leader is prepared to accept failures with insight and optimism.

I’ve always felt that the overall results of decision making is an average. After all, how many people do you know that get all their decisions right. Don’t answer.

No one person does.

Baseball players are inducted into the Hall of Fame daily when their lifetime batting averages are only .300 or above. That means they succeeded only less than a third of the time! And…they’re in the Hall of Fame!

Now, I’m not saying that there are some decisions that aren’t more important than others. What I am saying is that it’s an average and don’t take forever trying to make every single decision.

Not only that, but are you learning anything from the decisions that you have made? Especially the ones that didn’t turn out successfully?

Mistakes will happen. We all know that. However, mistakes and misses are learning opportunities that should build our knowledge base so that we don’t keep making the same mistakes.

When you have a failure, learn all you can from it. Build your optimism that you are smarter today than you were yesterday and keep raising your lifetime decision-making batting average.

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