Leadership Empowerment: Permission To Fail Matters

Today, I wanted to have a quick chat about why being allowed to make mistakes matter!

I am sure you recall a time when, as a member of a team, you have had an idea on a subject or discussion only to have it knocked down or dismissed, without being discussed or aired. You may have had the experience of this happening quite regularly, and if you were to think about the worst leader you experienced I wonder if this might resonate…?

Have you had that experience where you just get to the point of thinking – there is no point in my making a suggestion as no one is going to listen, and there is no point in trying anything new, as no one is going to entertain changing our processes…

Making mistakes, being encouraged to offer ideas and suggestions, experimenting with new ways of doing things, is the engine room of engagement and motivation. How are you stoking the boiler of engagement?

Key Points

  1. Making mistakes matters
  2. Benjamin Franklin quote
  3. Give people Permission to Fail
  4. Creating psychological safety for the team or organisation
  5. Be the enabler – bring others into the conversation.
  6. Find a situation where you are “stuck” and share it with the team
  7. Practice, Practice Practice.

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