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One of the places I learned by messing up was a time when I was insensitive.
I didn't notice at the time, but in a staff meeting I minimized someone's contribution. A friend took me aside and let me know. But it was a little too late. I did damage. It took a while to repair that error. Asking for forgiveness wasn't enough I had to build back trust and try to do better each time in the future.
Posted by: Chad | October 11, 2012, 12:05 pm
Chad, I think we've all been there!
One problem for me has been trying to do too much myself. I can get burned out and angry that way. That's bad leadership. I need to see gifting in others and delegate thing out, not try to control all the aspects as I lead.
Posted by: Steve | October 11, 2012, 12:10 pm
Chad, I've totally done that, too! I have high expectations for people and when they don't contribute the way I think they should, then I tend to want to downplay their involvement when I should be grateful they're contributing at all!
Posted by: Lisa B | October 11, 2012, 8:30 pm
Leadership is such a life-long learning process. Even with more responsibilities or increases in usable wisdom I feel I only inch along.
I'm sure everything I've been involved with contains both success and failure. I try to pick up what I can through the trail & error learning process...like a scrapper...all while trying to keep my nerve and not get discouraged.
Beyond that, I've learned, much to my surprise, that success can set you up for failure like nothing else can.
Posted by: Lisa DeLay | October 12, 2012, 1:23 pm
As someone who is consumed by compelling visions of the future, there have been many times I have cast vision and pressed forward believing 1) I could 'make' something materialize and 2) others would follow me. Such extreme blindnesses in my own leadership have caused me frustration, hurt in others and a question in my personal vocation.
I've learned that no vision small or great can be accomplished and successful without a burning, sincere care for others and a true 'team' approach. God has a 'dream team' and they need one another.
Posted by: Shane Tucker | October 13, 2012, 12:30 pm
Depends what messing up is? Some comments on top are nothing close to messing up, but just learning as you grow. Great leader is not born a leader, but becomes one as time goes. I know I learned my mistakes the hard way.
Posted by: Anthony | January 19, 2013, 7:10 pm
I do think that some people are born with natural leadership qualities, but that doesn't mean they are a natural leader. I think it still takes some trial and error.
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