Winston Churchill is credited with saying “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
How is it possible for failure to provide benefit or value in the development of leaders?
According to several Internet sources there is a difference between bad and good failures. Determining what makes Google tick, Fast Company discussed a number of rules learned from their research and identified two characteristics common with good failures: 1) determining why failure occurred and making an application for future work; and 2) speed: “fail fast and early before investing more than necessary or damaging your brand.”
Failure is never something desired, yet it is necessary in helping grow our leadership in ways that will benefit the good of God’s kingdom.
While we do not desire to fail, nor do we look for failure in order to benefit from it, knowing that failure can and will occur will help prepare us with an expectation that when it happens we can approach it from the position of learning the value of failure.