We live in a competitive world and the number one goal appears to be “winning.” Winning dominates every field of sports. Individuals and teams desire to be winners at all cost. Losing is not an option.
Several years ago the negative impression of losing was summarized in the statement, “Second place is the first loser.”
Nelson Mandela once said, “I never lose. I either win or learn.” Imagine the difference in this mindset. The concept of losing does not exist, but rather learning.
Leaders can benefit from the desire to learn. When we view failure or loss as final or fatal, we miss the opportunity to learn how to improve who we are as leaders. When this mindset exists we can easily fall into the trap of compromise in order to win. We often cut corners, minimize relationships, and view people as objects to reach our own objectives or agenda.
Leaders must view each day, activity, and task as an opportunity to learn. We learn how to improve who we are and what we do for the benefit of the church and the glory of God.