While leaders possess a plethora of skills, capabilities, and competencies, there is often something missing from managers that are required to lead; the right beliefs.
Nobody is perfect. We all have things we need to work on to improve our skills, and this is especially true of leaders. Unfortunately, many fail when promoted to a leadership position. While there are many reasons that can contribute to each individual failure, many of the problems arise because of people who are unwilling to address or downright ignore their own weaknesses.
As lovely as it would be to have a smooth, easy path to success as a leader, failure is an inevitable part of the process. The stories of some of the great leaders of all time are filled with more failures than success. Take Abraham Lincoln, for example; he was defeated or rejected from public office seven times before ever being elected as the President of the United States at age 51. A combination of his determination and the ability to learn from earlier failures was key to his eventual success as a leader.
If you have ever tried to something with any real difficulty, you have exprienced failure. Failure is a part of life. However, many people avoid failure by simply deciding not to participate. If something smells even remotely challenging or risky, they avoid because of the fear of failure.
There aren’t many things worse than having a bad manager. Not only does it make you dislike your job but it’s extremely demotivating to come into work every day. It leads to constant thoughts of changing jobs and quitting.