We are better for having lost

by | Aug 27, 2019

You often hear leaders talk about the ‘imposter syndrome’.

This ‘condition’ has been deeply analysed. My take is relatively straightforward.

Simply, leadership is hard.
This is particularly the case when trying to match often elevated expectations with capability, an always scarce resource.
You will also fail often.
But let us remember, failure is our greatest teacher.

Just a few days ago, I heard USA basketball coach Gregg Popovich, when facing the media having been beaten by the Australian Boomers in an historic loss/win (depending on where you sit), say:

“We are a better team than the start of the game because of the knowledge we have gained.”

A wonderful example.

I also like this quote from Steve Maraboli:
“For me, the most interesting people seem to have the bumpiest pasts. I prefer to connect with someone who has experienced the struggles, battles and casualties of life’s journey. There is beauty, wisdom, and truth to be found in the scars”.

Perhaps the quote appeals to me as someone who was sacked as CEO on a couple of occasions. I have no doubt it was these setbacks, personally challenging and heartbreaking at the time, that created the path to the work I now do.

Whenever I was in doubt, I referred to theses ‘truisms’:

  • Leadership is Hard
  • Change is Different
  • Communication is Important
  • People are Human
  • The Future is Tomorrow
They wont let you down.

I always enjoy the opportunity to talk all things culture and high-performance, and the development of leaders to achieve it.

Here are three ways to start the ball rolling:

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Cameron Schwab
CEO & Founder


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