Why You Need To Allow People To Fail
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in the professional world? Did you allow a project to fall part? CC the wrong person on an email? Miss a deadline? Mistakes happen all of the time. No matter what type of mistake you made, you’re going to have to take ownership, learn from your failure, and move on.
Failure typically has a negative connotation. But what many people don’t realize is that failing leads to success. IBM’s Thomas Watson Jr. once said, “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.” These are wise words that every business needs to live by.
Everyone makes mistakes in life – including your employees. The next time you’re dealing with a big problem don’t lose your cool and get frustrated. Instead, take a deep breath and remember that failing can be a good thing.
When you allow people to fail, and they can learn from their failures, it will ultimately create a stronger, more focused team. Failing will encourage your team to:
- Think outside of the box
- Realign goals
- Learn from mistakes
- Require responsibility and ownership
- Increase the ability to change and adapt
- Test people’s character
Allowing your people to fail does not mean you should set them up for failure. As a manager, it’s your job to give your team the tools they need to do their job to the best of their abilities. But as a leader who oversees people and projects, it’s important to be realistic at all times. Mistakes happen. When things fall part, you need to take charge and turn the mistakes and failures of your team into a positive learning experience.
Failure can be a good thing. Allow people to fail. You’ll learn a lot about the people that you hired and they’ll learn a lot about themselves. Failing may be one of the best ways to achieve success in the business world – just don’t make it a habit!